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Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

Learn to make a small, personal natural indigo vat without worrying about toxicity or cost of heavy chemicals.  This vat uses fruit residue in a natural chemical reduction to produce a quick, reliable, long-lasting indigo blue.  We'll explore simple resist techniques that produce textile patterns on silk and cotton fabrics, as well as threads for stitching. Students will learn care and maintenance of their vats.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 4, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Continue the natural dye adventure!  Designed for students with some experience in natural dyeing, this course builds upon the basics of mordanting and dyeing with plant and natural dye materials.  Offered in two continuous sessions, each class will focus on expanding the basics, combining techniques, and experimenting with modifying and layering colors.  Some surface design, discharge and resist options will add to the variety of pattern and color.  This term we will focus on local, sustainable, low environmental impact dye processes.

Prerequisites: Some experience in natural dyeing is helpful.

Start Date: Apr 7, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Put your artistic talents to use in a new direction – create a one-of-a-kind leather handbag. Using basic patterns and/or inventing new shapes, you will learn how to select, cut and assemble pieces from a variety of luxury leathers. Mix and match your personal choice of color, texture, size and embellishments. You will learn methods of hand stitching and assembling your choice of embellishments. You’ll have access to samples and materials for creating tassels, fringe, straps (long or short), snaps and closures. You’ll walk away carrying a unique bag and new skills and ideas.

Prerequisites: Basic skills of cutting out and sewing garments.