7 day residential workshop Shaped Resist Dyeing with Ecology in Mind on ecodomain, biodynamic farm and art centre in Portugal. 6 - 12 June 2015
Joan Morris is an internationally known artist specializing in shaped-resist dyeing, also known as shibori. For the past thirty years she has been the master-dyer for the Theatre Department at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. Her work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe and the United States. She teaches nationally and internationally, and her work is included in public and museum collections. Shaped-resist dyeing is an elemental art of dyeing that is thousands of years old. By shaping cloth and holding it in those shapes while dyeing, we create exquisite patterns of infinite variety. The meditative process of hand-stitching holds the potential for producing an array of exquisite shaped-resist patterns when dyed with plants and natural dye extracts. This 5 day investigation of stitch resist will generate samples that exemplify and inform innovative ways of patterning and getting a clear and refined pattern on cloth. We'll use only sustainable mordanting practices to deposit the subtle shades. The instructor's collection of shaped-resist textiles of the world will be on hand to stimulate and inspire our time together. Students will be taught 6 to 8 kinds of shaped-resist (also referred to as shibori) patterns on wool and silk (woven) cloth. These patterns will be generated by simple methods of hand-stitching and bundling.In this workshop we'll use shaped-resist dyeing as a technique for patterning cloth of silk or wool. We'll use safe and ecological methods. To mordant the cloth before dyeing students will learn to use the leaves of a bio-accumlating plant called symplocos racemosa. Mordanting is a process of pre-treating the cloth before dyeing with plant dyes, allowing the textile to make a bond with the dyestuff. These organic materials will be supplied by the instructor. After mordanting, students will dye their fabrics with sustainably produced plant dye extracts such as madder, cutch, quebracho, osage,weld, fustic. For reds, extracts from cochineal and lac will be used. The extracts are all intermixable to create other shades. An exquisite array of subtle-to-saturated color will be produced.