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Tannin, Oxides & Indigo


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada (map)

With Natalie Grambow

$295 [Includes $75 lab fee] class limit 16. Mar 1, 2, 3, 2019 (Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Discover the power of rusts—oxides of copper and iron—to transform fabric with incredibly textured patterns. Sometimes as gentle as a watercolour wash, sometimes as strong and saturated as pure burst of pigment.

Rust can be both a process and a pigment. Ochres derive their colour from oxides, and the process of oxidization (rusting) can be manipulated as a patterning technique. Oxidization can create unexpected and delightful details, textures, and landscapes. When combined with tannins and the blue potential of indigo, a new creative world opens up.

This groundbreaking workshop will lead students through a number of projects on silks, cottons, wool knit, and paper. Using contact printing, immersion dyeing, tannin, oxides, and indigo, students will explore new uncharted territory with materials and cloth.

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About Natalie Grambow

Natalie has an extensive background in design, teaching, and textile arts. An accredited interior designer, she spent many years in Ottawa working within the architectural design field and teaching design theory. Natalie’s first deep exploration of textiles began during her visual arts/photography studies at the University of Ottawa, when she experimented with non-silver techniques of transferring photographic imagery onto cloth. She subsequently studied at the École d’Impression Textile à Montréal and later travelled to Asia and Latin America, where she spent six months learning to weave with local Mayan weavers in Guatemala. Shortly after completing the textile arts program at Capilano College in 2001, she was awarded the BC Craft Association’s Award of Excellence.

Natalie has exhibited her textile art installations in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and on the Sunshine Coast. She  has also developed a line of naturally dyed and printed fabrics and has been commissioned by such clients as the City of North Vancouver. Currently living in Roberts Creek, BC, she continues her art practice and studies from her studio.

Earlier Event: February 21
Baskets: Working With Flat Materials
Later Event: March 2
Reverse Pattern-Drafting