Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Wildcrafting From Within Your Landbase at Yarn Okanagan in Kelowna

Come learn how to grow and wildcraft mordants and natural dyes from within our landbase.

We will go over the ethics of wildcrafting, how to prepare your dye garden, and how to dye a rainbow from the world around us!

You will go home with a book of the information we go over in the class, as well as a few sample swatches of dyed wool fabric.

 

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Jul
22
9:00 AM09:00

Wildcrafting from Within your Landbase at the Saltspring Island Fibre Fair

In this workshop you will learn how to naturally dye a rainbow of colours from plants that were ethically harvested from our landbase.

We will be working with 2"x 2" squares of wool that were scoured, mordanted with alum, and in some instances dyed in preparation for shifting the colour with a modifier. 

Each student will go away with 16- 2"x 2" squares of naturally dyed wool, a booklet with the names/information on the dyes used, and the knowledge of ethical harvesting practices.

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Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Ecoprinting on Silk at the Salspring Island Fibre Fair

  • 1523 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC, V5L 1V9 Canada (map)
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In this 1 day workshop you will learn to naturally dye silk using the ecoprint method.

We will be using both alum and iron as mordants to show the differences in colors based on mordants used- and leaves that were wildcrafted in late Autumn. No natural dye experience necessary.

You will go away with 2- 29"x29" scarfs and the knowledge and instruction to recreate this magic at home.

All materials included in pirce. 

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Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Botanical Ink and Watercolours made from Earth and Botanical Pigments at Knotty By Nature in Victoria

Come learn how to make botanical drawing inks and watercolour paints from natural dyes and pigments. You will learn the basics of colors and creating paints- and come away with a set of 4- 1/2 oz amber glass bottles of ink, and 3 watercolour half pans we make in the workshop, as well as the recipe to make more at home!

For tickets: Call Knotty By Nature (250.412.0198)  or email info@kbnfibres.ca

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Aug
18
to Aug 19

Intermediate Natural Dyeing at Knotty By Nature in Victoira

In this two day workshop you will learn how to naturally dye a rainbow of colours from plants that were ethically harvested from our landbase. We will be working with 2"x2" squares of wool that were scoured, mordanted with alum, and in some instances dyed in preparation for shifting the colour with a modifier. 

Each student will go away with 30- 2"x2" squares of naturally dyed wool, a booklet with the names/information on the dyes used, and the knowledge of ethical harvesting practices. 

August 18 (1:30-5pm) and August 19 (1-2pm)

For tickets: Call Knotty By Nature (250.412.0198)  or email info@kbnfibres.ca

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Jul
21
to Jul 23

Natural Pigment Production

 Handbound Book

Handbound Book

In this workshop you will be learning the fundementals of pigment gathering and the production of botanical based inks and mineral based paints. There will be dialogue around how these processes are integrated within our studio practices and how we exist in relationship with the natural world.

We will start day 1 with a guided walk through Stanley Park to point out various plants and materials that can be used for artist materials. (Note: we will be working with pre-harvested materials, and will not be harvesting from within the park)

On day 2 we will be working with plants and minerals that have been harvested from within our landbase. We will learn the processes of botanical ink production, mineral based gouache and oil paints. There will also instruction on ecoprinting papers and fabrics.

On day 3 we will be exploring mark making using our paints and inks from day 2, working in both micro and macro scales. We will also be exploring the use of cyanotypes using found materials to create work.

 Work by Genevieve

Work by Genevieve

 

Each student will leave with a body of work from the weekend, a set of botanical inks in amber bottles, a hand bound book that will be used throughout the workshop, and a set of mineral paints.

Friday July 21. 1-5pm

Saturday July 22. 1-5pm

Sunday July 23. 1-4pm

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Caitlin ffrench and Genevieve Robertson

Organizer of Natural Pigment Production

Caitlin ffrench is a textile artist working in East Vancouver (unceded Coast Salish Territories) She regularly teaches workshops in different applications of textile arts and natural dyes, is a knitwear designer, and tries to spend as much time as she can outside. Caitlin received a BFA from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and she attended the Kootenay School of the Arts for their textile program. 

Genevieve Robertson’s drawing-based interdisciplinary practice explores the material aroundthe body and under the feet: water, oil, wind, silt, flora, fauna and mineral. Her drawings map a visceral and long term engagement with place and often occupy the edge: the interstice between micro and macro, biology and geology, stability and flow. Through recent research in the Salish Sea region and the Fraser and Columbia rivers, she has engaged with the complexities that emerge when relating to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation. Her work is informed by a personal and intergenerational history of resource labor in remote forestry camps on the West Coast of British Columbia. Genevieve holds an MAA from Emily Carr University and a BFA from NSCAD University. She is a part time instructor at Emily Carr University.

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