Between the Colours: Creative Resist

by - Sunday, May 24, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium

Instructor Natalie Grambow

Here students will obtain a comprehensive understanding of resists, what advantage each might have, what effects can be obtained, and the proper techniques for manipulating fabric, colour, and resist. This course is an ideal introduction to resist as a vital element of surface design.

The class will work with fibre-reactive dyes, fabric paints, discharge agents, and water-based paste resists including flour paste, potato starch, corn dextrin, and devore. Students will also study a variety of pre-made resists such as wax emulsion, Presist, Sabra-silk, gutta, glue gels, and puff pigments (to create puckered effects).

A portion of time will be spent on the creative potential of crackling effects and application techniques such as stencilling, direct hand painting, block printing, silk screening, and tjanting.

Finally, students will study hot wax resist and a range of Shibori resists including pole-wrapping clamped resist and stitch-bound resist.

Students will complete the workshop with many samples showing a variety of techniques and effects. A final project will also be completed.


Natalie Grambow has an extensive background in design, teaching, and textile arts. An accredited Interior Designer, she spent many years in Ottawa working within the architectural design field and teaching Design Theory. Natalie’s first deep exploration of textiles began during her Visual Arts/Photography studies at the University of Ottawa when she experimented with non-silver techniques of transferring photographic imagery onto cloth. She subsequently studied at the École d’Impression Textile à Montréal and later travelled to Asia and Latin America where she spent six months learning to weave with local Mayan weavers in Guatemala. Shortly after completing the Textile Arts program at Capilano College in 2001, she was awarded the BC Craft Association’s Award of Excellence. Natalie has developed a line of naturally dyed and printed fabrics and has been commissioned by such clients as the city of North Vancouver (to present an artist’s vision of North Vancouver on fabric).

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