In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of the ancient practice of indigo dyeing, along with the historic pattern making process known as shibori. Indigo is one of the oldest dyes used for textiles and printing, with many countries having used the plant and its brilliant blue color for centuries. The skills learned in this workshop can be used at home and applied to existing artistic practices. All experience levels are welcome. After spending time with an indigo vat, students will grow to appreciate the complexities of indigo and come to understand the ritualistic and community aspects of natural dyeing.
A linen scarf and cotton tote will be provided. Feel free to bring your own goods to dye, but please avoid bulky pieces (towels, jackets, bedding, etc.). Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept the color best. Pre wash in hot water before the workshop.
Wear old clothing as dye will splash. Light refreshments will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.
Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Aaron Sanders Head is a curator, writer, and traveling, teaching artist based in Nashville, TN. He has worked for The Arts Company as Gallery Associate, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment as Gallery Coordinator/Curator, and the Kentuck Museum Association as Artist Liaison. His curatorial work focuses on presenting honest depictions of the complex southern cultural climate through the lens of its artists, while his personal work investigates, restores, and reinterprets historical textile practices, with a focus on natural dyes, hand-mending and hand-stitching.