For centuries, plants have been picked, raised and processed for nourishment, embellishment and healing. It seems that on every part of the world where humans have lived we can find a body of knowledge based on the powers of herbs, roots and flowers. This unique relationship between plants and people still remains in our ancestral memory waiting to be rediscovered. Such a quest will take us from the world of materials to a symbolic realm, where chemistry becomes alchemy, and colors manifest their powerful connection to the earth.
The use of plants for dyes is well-known. By drying, grinding, soaking and heating, plants are transmuted into pigments that will then be used to enrich people’s lives through the decoration of fibers, leather, fabrics, crafts, hair and even their bodies. But plants also possess a variety of curative properties. In a way, the colors obtained from the processing of these raw materials retain those healing attributes, moving from the material and chromatic dimension through a gateway that lead us to rediscover a forgotten traditional knowledge.
Whether you are an experimental craftsperson, a beginning dyer or a gardener interested in new uses for traditional plants this workshop can be of your interest.
You will learn
1. Types of natural fibers and it’s properties.
2. How to extract colors from natural sources.
3. What are Mordants?
4. How to use them to fixate the colors.
The focus of this class is to understand the chemistry of the process and experiment with samples on 3 different dye vats using Logwood (Campeche) for purple, Madder Root (Rubia Tinctoria) for producing red and Curcuma (Turmeric Root) for bright yellows.
You will produce
* A catalogue of swatches using 8 to 10 different 100% natural fibers and fabrics.
* Recipes of the colors produced during the workshop (in English and Dutch).
* 1 silk handkerchief (90 x 90 cm) to dye during the workshop.
Workshop in English, Dutch translation possible. All written information also in Dutch.
One day workshop:
Friday, 13 October or
Saturday, 2 December or
Saturday, 24 February
10.00 – 16.00 with a lunch pause.
DIY Textile School
Tussen de Bogen 36
1013 JB Amsterdam
- €100 including tax and materials
- Includes coffee, tea and a small lunch