Join Aaron Sanders Head for a day getting to know your indigo vat! Participants will first learn how to dye natural fiber goods in vats and how to maintain vats for longest lasting color. After learning a brief history of global shibori traditions, participants will learn a few basic shibori techniques, with a concentration on folded, tied, and clamped resist.
The instructor will provide a yard of fabric per student for experimentation, but participants should feel highly encouraged to bring their own goods to dye. Goods from home should be made from natural fibers, and cellulose (cotton, linen, rayon) accepts color best. Pre-wash all fabric in hot water before the workshop.
Participants should wear old clothing that can be stained, including shoes, or bring an apron. Participants should bring a pair of rubber gloves with a high sleeve, like dishwashing gloves.
Aaron will have dye kits available for purchase, including all ingredients needed to make a vat, if you’d like to continue dyeing at home.
Saturday, October 23, 10 am – 2 pm
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.