Natural dye materials abound on Washington Island! In a fun mix of studio work and field trips, you’ll learn about plants to grow or forage, sustainable harvest practices and methods, and basic processes for dyeing protein and cellulose fibers. You’ll dye with homegrown indigo, sample low-impact mordants and modifiers to expand the range of colors, become fluent in pH and temperature control, and learn a contact printing process where you bundle the plants into fabric that’s steamed to transfer color and pattern to the fiber. Group pots expand the variety of samples, but each student will have a dedicated burner to pursue individual interests.
Donna Kallner puts a contemporary spin on ancient textile techniques, in work that celebrates traditional skills and reflects the landscape of her home in rural northern Wisconsin. Donna teaches and exhibits her work across the country, produces e-books on looping techniques, and sells her nålbinding and plant-dyed items online and at her local farmers’ market. On Instagram she’s @donnastitches. http://donnakallnerfiberart.comNo tags for this post.