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Clothing the Journeywoman: A Masterclass with India Flint

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

$1800 [Includes $150 lab fee] class limit 16. May 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, Jun 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2020 (2 x Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 10am-4pm) - 10 Day Workshop.

We all know the rule of dressing for far-away. “Wear something your grandmother would approve of.”

It is a surprisingly good rule—regardless of whether you are going to the continent, the subcontinent, the old world or the new one.

India says, “In the years since Charllotte Kwon and I first encountered each other at a natural dye conference in Hyderabad, India, we have discovered a multitude of shared passions. Besides an ongoing interest in good food, peonies and natural dyes, we both choose to wear timeless and comfortable natural fibre clothing that can traverse cultures. 

“You’ll find us wearing beautiful loose coats over dresses over skirts, our feet encased in boots, comfy flats, or sandals, and a shawl of some kind draped around our shoulders along with our favourite trinkets. We can blend into landscapes wherever we go, in a look that can take us from Malta to Mysore, Edinburgh to Essaouira, New Orleans to Novgorod.

“For this masterclass Charllotte and I have put our heads together and collaborated to design the journeywoman’s dress. It’s a timeless design that will suit you whether you’re an earth goddess or wood sprite, that will become not just your travel essential but an everyday favourite. Lovingly produced in a range of fabrics including stalwart linen and luxurious handwoven silk, the dress is ready to be embellished with stitch, appliqué, and overdye.

“We will complement it by stitching and dyeing a simple underdress and shape a pre-loved single sheet into a shape-shifting wayfarer’s comforter.

“Join me, India Flint, for two glorious weeks at Maiwa East, where we will begin by dyeing with leaves gathered from the abundant street trees surrounding the studio. Then we will begin to build a wayfinder’s comforter: a soft, layered shawl constructed from a fortnight’s worth of bundled fragments…embellished with stitching and with pockets of all kinds. We may harvest pieces from pre-loved garments and include favourite pieces from your collection of travelling dye samples. It will be a garment inspired by the ralli quilts of India, the shibusa philosophy of Japan, the thriftiness of my Latvian ancestors, and the countless experiences we have all gathered on the long and winding road.”

An integral part of this workshop will be the consideration of the written word and the stitching of text into this marvellous composite cloth. Poetry will be read at intervals and occasionally also written. This masterclass has been devised as an adventure in cloth, stitch, and text as well as an exploration of the seasonal colour offered by locally gathered flora.

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About India Flint

In 2008, with the publication of her first book, Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles, India Flint brought a fresh new perspective to an ancient practice and rethought the entire dye process. Her book eloquently champions ecologically sustainable plant-based printing processes to give colour to cloth. When it first arrived on the scene, Eco Colour was both an eye-opener and a game-changer. Since then India has published Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing and five additional titles exploring the connection between dyeing, wandering, cloth, and writing. India’s textiles have been exhibited internationally.

India joins us from Australia.

Earlier Event: May 21
The Natural Yarn Dyer
Later Event: May 27
Design Studio