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Fiber Arts Department

Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro

Instructor: Barbara Shapiro

August 22–23, 2015 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Tuition & Fees
Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $25 non-member registration fee

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Class Description
Explore the magic and mystery of indigo, one of the oldest and most influential dyes. Set up a natural indigo dye bath using a simple ecological formula suitable for home studio use. Examine indigo textiles from around the world. Learn basic indigo dyeing procedures and resist techniques on various different fiber samples. Prepare cloth for resist dyeing and experiment in various techniques creating some useful textiles for your home. On Day Two, create small vials of thickened indigo for direct application (painting and stamping). Learn the history of these techniques and create more textiles for your home. Work on a silk scarf combining painting and dyeing. Explore indigo on paper and multi-colored “penciling” effects. Students may complete a personal project with the remaining indigo on cotton, bast fibers, or basketry materials.

The “new” formula I will present dates to the 18th century. I have been experimenting with this rediscovered formula, and feel it is important to share this safer, non-toxic, non-fumy, inexpensive, and easily disposed of formula widely used before the advent of stronger industrial chemicals.

By the end of the class, you will have a set of samples and some lovely indigo dyed textiles along with the knowledge to go on using this magic dye. Alternate recipes will be discussed. Suitable for textile artists, paper artists, quilters and basketmakers who want to use true indigo blue in their work. All levels, no pre-requisites.


About the Instructor
BARBARA SHAPIRO was involved in textiles from an early age. The San Francisco native began weaving in 1975 in New York City. With a rich knowledge of historical and ethnic textiles and broad technical experience in weaving, dyeing and basketry, she has taught at San Francisco State University as well as workshops around the United States. She is frequently published and her wall pieces and baskets have been exhibited internationally. Barbara was a Board Member of the Textile Society of America and the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums, and a docent and exhibiter at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MA from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and an MA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.


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