Workshop: Dyeing to Discharge

by - Monday, June 14, 2010

2010 Maiwa Textile Workshops
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Dyeing to Discharge
Carol Soderlund

$495 (Includes $100 Lab Fee) - Five full days

November 1 - 5 (Mon - Fri) 9am - 5pm
Maiwa East - 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver, Canada
Class Limit 16

Registration Opens June 21, 2010

the possibilities of discharge – the removal of colour from dyed cloth. Using both commercial fabrics and cloth dyed specifically for discharge, the student will selectively remove and replace colour, gaining an in-depth understanding of both thiox and bleach discharge processes.

Immersion with clamp and pole-wrap techniques, as well as stencil, screen-printing, and block-printing techniques, will be used to create striking imagery with complex layering of colour. Illumination dyeing (the simultaneous removal and addition of colour) will be explored. Fabric samples showing specific dye colours and how they discharge will be produced for both cotton and silk. Safe studio practices are emphasized.


Carol Soderlund’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1985 in such venues as Visions and American Quilting Society shows and have received numerous awards, including Best of Show at the 1989 International Quilt Festival and Best Use of Color at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Exhibition 2000. She has taught colour, fabric dyeing, colour-mixing techniques, and quilting throughout North America and is currently working on a book on these subjects.

“My work is primarily driven by a passion for colour interactions, the illusions they create, the luminosity they can bring to a surface. I love creating my own palette of fabric through painting, dyeing, and other surface design processes including discharge, shibori, stamping, screening, and foiling. My goal in design is to have a piece that intrigues the viewer at first glance and then continues to reveal surprises upon every inspection.”

Student Supply List

Apron and old clothes
Heavy dishwashing gloves
Respirator equipped with multi-gas, acid-gas or broad spectrum filter (These are available from hardware stores, Maiwa Handprints, and Pro Chem
Selection of black fabrics. One half-metre piece prewashed with synthrapol. Label each with manufacturer and location of purchase.
1 or 2 black cotton T-shirts. Hanes has discharged well. Note: Not all black fabrics will discharge and they will discharge differently depending on the discharge agent used. For bleach discharge, you can test a small swatch with a Clorox bleach pen. If you find one that discharges to white or a light tan, you might want to buy a lot of it.
Hand-dyed fabric - bring what you have on hand. You do not need to purchase any if you do not have some already. You may want to bring some of the commercial hand dyed or batik fabrics from Bali. Bring a few metres of each, washed at home in hot water and synthrapol. This is a great opportunity to radically change those "dogs" you have dyed. You will be amazed.
Found objects for stamping designs
One roll of double-stick tape
2 plastic lasagna-sized pans, Rubbermaid, Takeaway, or Gladware brand
4 plastic square containers or bowls with lids (4-cup size) eg. Ziploc
1 box of heavy-duty 1-gallon Ziploc bags
Please bring a bag lunch. All other materials provided.

The full course calendar is on the web. Registration opens June 21, 2010.

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