by - Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 Maiwa Textile Symposium Workshop
Michele Wipplinger
(Maiwa East - 1310 Odlum Dr.)
$295 (Includes $85 Lab Fee)    One night and two full days - Class Limit 16
September 16 (Fri ) 7pm - 10pm
September 17 - 18 (Sat - Sun) 10am - 4pm

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. Central to this workshop are the black dyes found in West Africa. Muds from the Niger River give lasting dark shades and provide the distinctive ground of textiles from this region.

Ochres are among the earliest known pigments. These ancient colours are derived from naturally tinted clays containing mineral oxides. They take hundreds of years to form and provide a rich assortment of yellow, orange, and red hues.

In addition, 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 in intensifying 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.

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.

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