Join instructor Magaret Seelie for an exciting new workshop at Gualala Arts, where you will learn how to create stunning indigo dye patterns on different fabrics.
The class fees are $100 for GAC Members, $130 for Non Members, and $25 materials fee to be paid to the instructor. You can sign up online at Eventbrite or at the Gualala Arts Front Desk by January 13th.
In this workshop, you will explore the different types of indigo dye and how they produce varied shades of blue. You will also learn how to use shibori binding techniques to make beautiful designs on your fabrics. You can bring your own items to dye or use the ones provided by the instructor. You will leave with a collection of indigo-dyed fabrics and a deeper appreciation of this ancient art form.
Margaret Seelie is an artist and writer based in the Bay Area. She founded Seelie Studio, a natural dye house, and Seawitches, a zine for water people. She loves to inspire creativity using natural materials. Her favorite sources of dye are purple sea urchins, metals, avocado pits, and oxalis flowers. When Margaret is not in her studio, she enjoys surfing or walking her rescue doggie, Budgie.
To prepare for your adventure into blue, please follow these tips:
– Wear something that you don’t mind getting stained. Black clothes are a good option since the dye won’t show or you can wear an oversized tee. You can also borrow an apron from the instructor.
– The instructor will provide everything you need, including gloves and items to dye such as bandanas and other goodies. You may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
– You can also bring your own items to dye, but make sure they are made of natural fibers like cotton, linen, or silk. Synthetic materials like plastics and polyester won’t work well with indigo dye. Also, avoid dark-colored items or items with heavy or abundant patterns, as they will obscure the indigo dye effects.