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Natural Colorants for Book and Paper Arts

August 1, 2022 - August 5, 2022

| $300 – $1200

Natural Colorants for Book and Paper Arts – Natalie Stopka

Dates: August 1 – 5, 2022
Studio: Papermaking
Tuition: Sliding Scale, $300-$1200
Lab fee: $90
Class limit: 8

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Working with natural colorants is a wonderful way to creatively engage with the ecologies around us. In this five-day course students are introduced to beautiful, sustainable colors for dye, ink and watercolor. We’ll look into the historical and material sympathy between natural colorants and traditional bookbinding fibers: cloth, thread, and paper. After learning the best practices for immersion dyeing these materials, we’ll convert leftover dye to make pigments for writing inks and watercolor paints. Students will depart with an understanding of the chemistry governing dye, pigment, and permanence. They’ll take home the beginnings of their own swatch library and an array of finished ink and paint to fold into their studio practice. Previous experience is not required.

In order to reserve your space in the workshop, we require a $150 deposit. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis, and you can read about our refund and cancellation policies here.

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Natalie Stopka

Natalie Stopka is an artist and educator who works in collaboration with the materials and forces of the natural world. Her drawings and prints incorporate plant dyes and natural pigments, which provide a seasonally evolving vocabulary of texture and color. Natalie’s freelance studio and dye garden are located in Yonkers, New York. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and a current MFA candidate in the Nomad program for Interdisciplinary Art and Regenerative Culture at the University of Hartford.


August 1, 2022
August 5, 2022
$300 – $1200
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