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Natural Dye + Shaped Resist with Joan Morris (2 offerings: WA and NY)

If you’ve ever picked up a copy of “Memory on Cloth: shibori now” then you’ve seen the beauty of JOAN MORRIS’ work (featured on the book’s cover). This June, the textile artist and master dyer will be teaching two workshops (Washington state and upstate NY) on natural dye and shaped-resist techniques. Whether you’re on the west coast or the east coast, luck is on your side. Mark your calendars and make your plans; classes will likely sell out.

June 11-15 — “Shaped-Resist Dyeing with Natural Extracts” (Copeland, WA)
June 22-26 — “Shaped-Resist Dyeing with Indigo and Woad” (Canandaigua, NY)


COPELAND, WA – Pacific Northwest Art School
June 11-15, 2012 (5-day class)

For more details, visit or call toll-free 866.678.3396


June 22-26, 2012 (5-day class)
For details, contact Sara Burnett


“Shaped-Resist Dyeing with Natural Extracts”
5-day Workshop with Joan Morris

Explore shaped-resist dyeing using natural dyes, including indigo, woad (subject to availability), a variety of natural dye extracts, madder root, cochineal bugs, and walnut galls. *New topic to be covered: woad dyebath, a process at once similar to and different from indigo dyeing. More natural dye extracts may be added to class materials if available (e.g. coreopsis extract). Color shifting (with ammonia, vinegar and iron) presents additional color possibilities for each of the dyestuffs. Appropriate for students of all levels, from beginner to those with prior experience and a desire to expand their vocabulary, experiment, sharpen skills, and gain greater control of materials.

Please note this is a forum for making samples, experimenting; it will not be possible to dye large yardages. Beginners can expect to learn at least 10 forms of shaped-resist (shibori) while they gain knowledge of mordanting with alum and dyeing with natural dyestuffs. Experienced dyers may bring images or actual pieces of their work if interested in a dialogue about possible directions to take.

ABOUT JOAN. A textile artist who has been a practitioner of shibori since 1983, Joan has exhibited all across the world including notable commissions by Broadway’s “The Lion King” and by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Her shaped-resist textile works are in the permanent collections of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian Institution), New York; Museum of Art, RISD; Takeda Kahei Shoten, Arimatsu, Japan; and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.

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