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NATURAL DYES
Japanese Traditions and Innovations
Two weekends in June: June 12/13 and 19/20 with a review session on Sunday, June 27, 9:00-11:00 PST
$480
enrollment limited to fourteen students
Have you ever wondered how such exquisite natural dyes are produced in Japan and how they are used? Would you like to make your own natural dyes for use on silks as well as cottons and other fibers? Well be covering all this and more.

This course includes a history of the use and production of natural dyes in Japan along with several projects geared to lead you through this satisfying process. Well be making and using natural dyes in both pigment and juice forms, focusing primarily on cold and direct application techniques. Well cover using mordants vs soymilk to assist colors and how to effectively combine natural pigments with other natural dyes for the greatest impact.
  John will be relying on his fifty years of experience working with Japanese dye methods, drawing heavily on his large library of rare and limited-edition Japanese reference material  - distilling out the most applicable to our modern world.

Spanning two weekends will allow you time to try out the techniques we cover in class between sessions. Well have an extra session on Sunday, June 27, to review all the information covered in class, answer any questions that may have come up while working on your own, and send you off confident in your ability to create wonderous colors from the materials around you.

All sessions will be recorded, supplemented by videos posted on Vimeo. Youll have access to this information for one month after the class to allow you to review all material at your own leisure. 
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Class enrollment is limited to fourteen. Just click below to sign up now!
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taking advantage of fugitive dyes
working safely with home-made and commercial mordants
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producing juice dyes from a broad range of natural sources
making your own pigments and exploring a myriad of ways to use them to enhance your artistry
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digging up colors in your own backyard
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converting natural juice dyes to pigments through floculation
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referencing a broad range of contemporary and pre-WWII Japanese natural dye publications
A Collector’s Guide
to INDIGO
deluxe edition
A Collector’s Guide
to INDIGO
limited edition
A Collector’s Guide
to INDIGO
A Field Guide to Japanese Textiles
Singing the
Blues
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