Upcoming Fiber Arts Classes
Fiber Arts Department
Instructor: Merridee Joan Smith
Lovely botanical prints can be produced on protein fibers, such as silk and wool, and on cellulose fibers, such as cotton and linen, using plant materials found growing in our forests and back yards. This is a fascinating process, with much current exciting innovation. We will discuss fabric preparation and the use of mordants to get the prints to strongly adhere to the fabric. Cellulose fibers are not as receptive to dyeing and printing with natural materials as are protein fibers, therefore additional preparation steps must be taken to obtain good results. Participants will learn how to place the botanical materials on the fabric, roll and tie them into bundles, and steam or simmer the bundles. We will all then have the pleasure of opening them and seeing the magic! Participants will have the opportunity to practice the techniques, experiment with different plant materials and document results, thus creating the start of a notebook for future reference. They will print scarves, shawls, or other items of their choice, perhaps a cotton shirt or an item from a thrift shop. As this is a four-day workshop, we will have time to delve into different ways to apply the mordants, how to fold garments for printing and the use of natural dyes to complement the results. Stunning botanical prints with beautiful color subtleties and patterns are our goal!
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TUITION & FEES
There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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