Students will learn the secrets of ajrakh cloth preparation, scouring, and mordant application before moving on to resist application and full immersion dyeing. All steps will be taught in the traditional manner using authentic materials, natural dyes, and organic cotton. Each student will receive a set of traditional ajrakh hand-carved hardwood printing blocks.
REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 17, 2019 AT 10AM
Join Bonnie Adie as she teaches the embroidery of India and explains new ways to work with pattern, colour, and stitch. Bonnie will draw on techniques practised by groups such as the Banjara (showcasing a surprisingly modern aesthetic, deliberately creating and breaking symmetries while keeping alive a remarkable vocabulary of distinct stitches) and the Rabari (the great nomadic herders of the Kachchh Desert, working with stylized motifs and geometries).
Following in his father’s footsteps, Shamji Vankar committed his family to the use of natural fibres and dyes. As a result he has recovered and perfected traditional methods. Join Shamji for an in-depth dyeing workshop augmented by demonstrations of Bhujodi weaving technique and explanations of motif and weave structure.
Join brothers Jabbar and Abdullah Khatri as they teach the traditional bandhani techniques of resist tying cloth and the secrets of colouring the prepared cloth using natural dyes. Bandhani tying is a process whereby a small portion of cloth is gathered and then wrapped tightly with threads to form a resist.
This workshop is one of our most inspiring and creative, so much so that we have students who have taken it more than once. Students come to answer the question: How can creativity be tapped, mined, or made to flow when we need it most? In this original workshop, students will travel on an exploratory adventure, discovering techniques and letting go of assumptions that may hold them back.
Join renowned textile artist Sandra Brownlee as she guides you in establishing a dynamic, tactile notebook practice that is meaningful and rewarding. Notebooks will be used as a reflective space and mobile studio—they will become a space to document and give expression to daily experiences. Motivated by haptic considerations, you will use all of your senses to stimulate and awaken perception, guide the making process, and enhance the way you communicate both visually and verbally.
This intensive four-day workshop delivers a comprehensive understanding of the fascinating art of achieving colour on fabric. It is designed to be a clear and thorough study of the (sometimes intimidating) world of dye types and procedures.
Join India Flint for five days of stitching and dyeing and a bit of rather clever cutting to make a short one-size coat with a sweet twist. Why short? Field coats need to be hip-length so they don’t get damp or catch seeds when the wearer is walking through fields. Inspired by the exquisitely stitched ralli quilts of the subcontinent, the field coat will be dyed piece by piece using windfall leaves gathered around Maiwa East as well as eucalyptus leaves from commercial sources.
In this three-day class, Edie will guide you through the use of a unique collection of traditional men’s and ladies' fashion blocks to create a felted fur fedora. You will have the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques of steaming, blocking, pouncing, wiring, sizing, finishing, lining, trimming, and embellishing using machine and hand stitching.
In this workshop students will begin with an exploration of form and motif, element, and pattern. Your ideas will be used to plan compositions and repeat patterns that develop your own block prints into a format that works on a field of cloth. You will then transfer your designs onto soft linoleum and carve your own blocks.