Saturday, April 3, 2010

Workshop: Mudcloth

2010 Maiwa Textile Workshops
Michele Wipplinger
$300 (Includes $85 Lab Fee) One evening and two full days

September 17 (Fri) 7 pm - 10pm
September 18, 19 (Sat, Sun) 10 am - 4 pm
Maiwa East – 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Class Limit 16

Registration Opens June 21, 2010

This three-day class is designed to help the student understand the rich assortment of colour that can be gathered and brewed from the earth’s crust. Explore yellow, orange, and red ochres like those found throughout France (including the caves at Lascaux) to create brilliant hues and a sense of light. An historic selection of exotic mineral pigments will be used to yield the intense violet, blue, and aqua colours associated with lapis hematite and turquoise.

The workshop will focus on the role of tannins to intensify the colour; the process of curing cloth; the appropriate media for painting and stencilling; and the specialty techniques used to layer colour and images with mineral-infused pigments. Instruction in mixing pigments will prepare the student to achieve an extended range of exotic colours. Michele joins us from Seattle www.earthues.com.

Michele Wipplinger

Michele Wipplinger is president of Earthues Inc., an international colour and design consulting company specializing in ecology and the artisan. She has over 30 years’ experience in the field of natural design and ecological process, with an emphasis on natural dyes. She lectures worldwide and creates an exclusive line of silk shawls hand-painted with natural dyes.

Michele has been a consultant in Nepal for the development of colour and natural dye processes for the Tibetan hand-woven carpet industry. She has developed products and consulted on colour for Aveda, Origins, Martha Stewart Living, Esprit, Terra Verde, and Nature Conservancy. Michele is on the Executive Board of Directors for Colour Marketing Group and received the United Nations award for her environmental stewardship on the development of an ecological natural dye process for the American textile industry.

Look for the full course calendar on the web in early May. A print version will be available in June. Registration opens June 21, 2010.

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