Color, Fiber, Paper, Cloth: Natural Dyeing for Book Art – Radha Pandey
August 26 - August 30| $800
Dates: August 26 - 30
Class limit: 6
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $60
In order to reserve your space in the class, we require a $300 deposit.
In this class students will learn to prepare and dye cellulose fibers for their projects. The techniques that are taught will be applied to dyeing and mordanting pulp prior to papermaking, and cotton fabrics, as well for brush-dyeing paper. Students will also learn how to print and pattern on cloth using thickened mordants and resists. In addition, students will learn to prepare a natural indigo vat.
Students will pre-mordant samples of cloth and pulp to dye on the second day using the one-pot palette method to achieve an array of colors. The following days will be spent on experimenting with block printing and some resist techniques on cloth. Students will have the opportunity to bring in their own projects for dyeing. These could include cloth, beaten pulps for papermaking or finished sheets of paper.
Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied Letterpress printing, Bookbinding, and Papermaking with a focus on Indo-Islamic Papermaking techniques.
Her artist’s books are held in over numerous public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University. Currently, Radha is working on a set of artist books about the political history of indigo and madder production.