Natural dyeing is a beautiful, accessible, and sustainable way to bring a world of color to book art! This workshop will teach the basics of preparing and using natural plant dyes for both fabric and paper. Students will learn the principles and techniques behind the craft as we dye swatches in a range of colors. The questions of materials choice, mordants, and permanence will be addressed. Students may bring along sample materials to test in the dye pot.
Students will come away with a basic understanding of how to prepare natural plant dyes, and how to use them in book and paper projects. A materials list will be provided at registration. Suitable for anyone interested in natural dyes and book and paper arts.
Taught at the Center for Book Arts by Natalie Stopka binds books emphasizing unconventional materials and fiber arts techniques. She sources uncommon fibers, repurposed and hand-dyed fabrics, and vintage textiles to bring a unique vocabulary of texture to her work. Natalie is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a former Van Lier/Stein Family Scholar at the Center for Book Arts.