Registration Opens June 24 at 10am
2013 Maiwa Textile Symposium
$750 includes 25 lab fee
Sept 20 - 24, 2013 - Class Limit 14
Maiwa East: 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver BC
Join India Flint as she teaches the techniques made famous by her book Eco Colour. This is a rare opportunity to spend five days working directly with the author.
In this class students will colour cloth, paper, and thread, using leaves, water, and heat. Working with bio-regional dye sources, windfall bundle dyeing techniques, and gentle meditative stitching, students will embark on an explorative journey, a journey that will be recorded in stitch and colour on cloth and paper.
In India’s own words:
“We will take mindful windfall-leaf-collecting walks to gather material and create beautiful dye samplers, gradually piecing them together to construct the foundation of an exquisite composite textile that may be used as a practical plant-dye reference as well as being the wrapping cloth for the small but exquisite journal we will be building along the way.”
In 2008, with the publication of her first book, Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles, India Flint brought a radical new perspective to an ancient practice. She rethought the entire dye process. Her book forcefully and eloquently champions ecologically sustainable plant-based printing processes to give colour to cloth. When it first arrived on the scene, Eco Colour was both an eye-opener and a game-changer.
While India Flint’s practice is focussed firmly on the use of plant dyes, it embraces cloth, paper, and felt and is expressed in works for the wall as well as pieces for the body including costume for contemporary dance theatre. She is known for the highly distinctive ecoprint and has made a commitment to using bio-regional colour—meaning that dyes are extracted from windfall plants wherever she happens to be.