So, I walked in to this workshop with amazingly little knowledge or experience of the whole field of dyeing and general surface design. I have known for a year or two that I needed to learn more, deepen my understanding, and create a stronger base for my art. I received an email about this class a number of months ago - the dates and subject matter sounded right and it was only 20 minutes from my home so I signed up.
|Michelle relaxing for a moment|
It was clear to me as people introduced themselves at the start of the class that I was in way over my head, surrounded by design professionals, some of whom had traveled up from NYC to study with Michelle. But, it was great. My head was spinning by the end of day two but everyone was friendly and supportive of the few of us who were really 'beginners.' I absolutely loved it!
And, wow, did I learn!
Michelle brought a host of examples of cloth dyed with natural dyes and pigments.
|Silks dyed with natural dyes|
|dyed silks then painted with pigments|
|Our group at work|
The drying racks, filled with our efforts, were fascinating to look over.
It was absolutely wonderful! Next post, I will share some of my own efforts.