An Indigo Dye and Weaving Workshop
"The botanical name for the indigo plant, Indigofera, derives its name from indigo meaning blue and fera meaning to bear.
Indigo has monumental character. It is known to have survived for thousands of years without revealing or even hinting at the secrets it held, forcing ancient dyers to coax color from the plant. Indigo demanded discipline and organization from the men working with it since man's nature was in no way related to the temperamental behavior of this contrary colorant. Yet indigo, because of its very demanding and troublesome demeanor, attracted one toward it in charismatic fascination."
-excerpted from 'Blue Traditions,' Dena S. Katzenberg, The Baltimore museum of Art
Join us for an alchemical transformation process as we ready a vat of luscious indigo dye. Through a process of twisting, tyeing and resisting, we will turn white cloth into the dizzying blue patterns of your choice.
Students can bring their own fragments of cloth on which to work. In addition, we will provide yardage for experimentation. Cloth dyed in this Indigo workshop makes a perfect foundation on which to stitch, quilt, or weave.
In the afternoon session with your newly-dyed strips of fabric, we will make weavings on hand-looms, inspired by the patterns created in the vat. Strips can be used as both warp and weft and combined in unlimited ways, creating thoughtful and surprising effects.
Date: Saturday March 23rd, 2019
Time: Indigo Dyeing 10am - 1pm
Hand weaving 2pm - 5pm
Day long workshop is 10am- 5pm with an hour lunch break
Location: TATTER Blue Library, 505 Carroll Street Suite 2B, Brooklyn NY 11215
Cost: $120 for the Indigo Dye workshop and $240 for the All day dyeing and hand weaving workshop
What to bring: All materials are provided in this course. Students are welcome to bring their own fabric to dye or over-dye.
*For students not joining in the morning dye workshop, we suggest bringing your own scraps of cloth to use for weaving.
Our Teacher: Whitney Crutchfield, Textile Artist, entrepreneur
Whitney Crutchfield is the founder and textile artist behind WE GATHER, a Brooklyn-based brand of hand-dyed handwoven textiles and educational textile studio. She has been weaving, dyeing, and stitching her own textiles for over 15 years, creating custom projects for residential interiors and installations for public spaces. Whitney works to create beautiful textiles that last, and she teaches others about the sheer delight of fabric at FIT and through workshop programming in the WE GATHER studio and in corporate and private venues around the country.