Michel Garcia’s Alternative Processes for Natural Dyes

This 5 day class explores alternative processes for natural dyes on a variety of textiles.Michel Garcia Alternative Dye Processes Workshop Images

Inspired by information collected from historically respected dye traditions from around the world, together we will investigate several methods to get attractive colours 100% from plants, on wool, silk and cotton.

Michel Garcia Workshop image 2Schedule: 

Day 1 to 3: Mordant Dyes

Day 1: Bio-mordants from plants.

Method 1: 100% plant based dyeing using plants that act as bio-accumulators of aluminum: including some traditional plants of Scotland, such as club moss (Lycopodium clavatum), as well as tropical plants such as Symplocos species. We will dye wool, cotton and silk fabric in a full range of colors.

Method 2: 100% plant based dyeing for protein fibres (wool and silk only). Using tannins from sumac, gall nuts and other plants, instead of mordants, we will get lovely reds from madder, yellows from rhubarb root and other shades from related plants.

Day 2: Printing plant extracts on wool fabric, using silk-screens, for a full range of shades, 100% from plants.

Day 3: Printing on cotton. We will obtain a range of colours in each dye bath, using silkscreens to print mordants, to achieve multicoloured images.

Days 4 and 5: Indigo

Day 4:  Creating fast-acting indigo vats using organic materials such as henna leaves, fruit peels, sugars and madder, together with home-made lime, we will get a full range of blue shades on wool, silk, and cellulose fibres.

Day 5: Printing clay resists on cotton, dyed in the indigo vat, to get white patterns on a blue background.

Bring your own apron and gloves!


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