We’ve Got the Blues: Indigo Dyeing for Paper & Cloth – Mary Hark
August 20 - August 24| $800
August 20 – 24
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $60
Class limit: 6
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Participants will be immersed in studio production, making use of this powerful and historic color on handmade paper and a variety of textiles. Experienced dyers are encouraged to bring works-in-progress and ideas for new projects. Beginners will be introduced to the process of papermaking with fibers that are appropriate for this immersion dye process—such as Asian fibers, flax, abaca, and linen cloth—as well as shibori resist dye techniques. Each participant will be supported and encouraged as they use these processes and materials to expand their creative practice with the breadth of possibility offered by the indigo vat.
Studio work will be complemented by discussion of the historic and contemporary use of indigo; informal critiques of works-in-progress; and technical information for papermaking and dyeing in home studios and classrooms. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of what this color can mean, a portfolio of beautiful samples of indigo blue on cloth and handmade paper, completed work, and the information necessary to continue on this path. This will be an intensive week of indigo dyeing for all levels of experience.
Mary Hark is the proprietor of Hark! Handmade Papers, which specializes in small editions of high quality flax and linen papers, and produces unique paper works for exhibition. In 2006, Hark received a Senior Fulbright Research Grant to study textiles in West Africa. Since that time, she has spent several months each year researching textiles and developing a papermaking project. She is the co-director of the recently established Krataa Foundation, in Kumasi, Ghana, the first hand paper mill in West Africa producing high quality paper; with a commitment to training, and artistic collaboration. Mary Hark received MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She exhibits her mixed media work internationally.