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Solarfast Solutions for Paper and Fabric, December 2021

December 12, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



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2-day workshop: Sundays, December 12 and 19, 11am-3pm

Explore the possibilities of UV-reactive dyes in this exciting 2-day workshop with artist Melissa Ezelle.

“I really enjoyed it. [The] technical information about the dyes, the colors, how to manage the idiosycracies of this particular dye was very valuable.“—Workshop Attendee


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Workshop Description:

Students will be introduced to Solarfast UV-reactive dyes, developed by Jacquard. We’ll explore Shibori techniques, overdye applications, and working with positive and negative exposure methods using film and the outdoor sun. The instructor will also provide a brief, recorded tutorial on producing photo negatives or positives using Photoshop and Gimp (free, open source software) and an ink jet printer. We will also explore photogram methods using cut paper and found objects. Students will produce several workable samples using these techniques that can then be used to develop a finished piece, or as guides to explore the techniques further independently.  

Registration closes December 3, 2021 to allow time for students to purchase their materials. With your registration you’ll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page “how-to” on downloading and using the Zoom video app.

Featured images by Melissa Ezelle


Please Note: The online session will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic’s private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. Access to the recording(s) will be made available to all participants for a limited time.

Workshop Details:

  • Date and Time: 2-day workshop, Sundays, December 12 and 19, 11am-3pm ET via Zoom
  • Instructor: Melissa Ezelle
    Melissa Ezelle has spent the past 15 years as a professional teaching artist, fundraiser and arts administrator. She has taught classes in lithography, intaglio, and mixed media at Pyramid since 2013 and teaches visual art at Montgomery College. She is a Private Studio Artist at Pyramid and recently completed her year of service as an Pyramid’s AmeriCorps VISTA. She continues to exhibit her work locally. You can see more of Melissa’s work at https://augusta-mae-press.square.site.
  • Materials: At registration, students will receive the full materials list (with any helpful links) to purchase supplies. The list includes:
    • 1 Solarfast Starter Dye Kit by Jacquard
    • 2 yds of white, 100% cotton fabric (no synthetics or poly-blend)
    • 3-5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ BLACK construction paper
    • Rubber bands, clothespins, binder’s clamps
    • Small section of pvc pipe, plastic tube, or wooden dowel
    • 1 Sharpie marker
    • Pencil
    • Brushes or sponge brush (optional)
    • Piece of plastic or glass, big enough to accommodate 12″ x 12″ (don’t purchase this: look for it around the house or recycle an old picture frame) 
    • Bucket
    • Clothesline or drying rack
    • Small plastic container (recycled food container/big yogurt size will work.)
    • Plastic gloves
    • (optional) Inkjet transparency film for making photo positives or negatives …You must have an inkjet printer for this purpose

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