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Disperse dyes are used to dye man made synthetic fibers such as polyester and are applied along with a dispersing agent creating vibrant colors and saturations. In this workshop, two teachers from very different artistic backgrounds will demonstrate innovative ways of working with these dyes. For example, artists can use this under-appreciated dye as a printmaking medium, while quilters and crafters can use it to make their own fabric. The class will create an exciting dynamic in which participants will feed off of and inspire each other, stretching the boundaries of disperse dye as never before. You will learn how to use the dyes as a surface design printmaking medium for monoprints and ghost prints as well as direct application of dye to fabric with patterns developed organically, adding texture with heat and pressure. If the weather allows, we will also do sun printing. Beginner and Beyond
Tuition: $335 (lunch is included)
Studio/Materials Fee: $45
Registration Fee: $30* (listed as "shipping" in cart) *Members use coupon code WAIVEFEE at check-out
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Lisa White Reber is a proud, self-confessed dye geek. Another college art major, creating something in the time not spent at a ‘real’ job has been a life-long constant. This need to create led to making traditional quilts, then experimenting with the basics of dyeing quilting fabric. From there, the exploration of dyes has expanded to include many different dyes for many different fabrics, while the quilts have taken a non-traditional path. More dyeing led to the creation of a hand-dyed fabric business, DippyDyes, in 2008, followed by a regular schedule vending at quilt shows since 2009. Teaching dyeing at many of these shows followed in 2012, with students returning year after year to learn new skills for use in their own creations. After a chance to study disperse dyes with Miriam Jacobs fell through, the opportunity to teach together beginning in 2018 was natural, as both approach the medium in very different ways! www.DippyDyes.com
As college art student, Miriam Jacobs concentrated on figure drawing, experimental film animation, and sculpture. Years later, she stumbled upon surface design, which has come to occupy center stage. The technique she has explored most thoroughly is disperse dye; and has had two of her pieces published in a book about fabric art. Jacobs began to teach art, disperse dye and other surface design methods in a variety of settings, including to teens and adults with special needs. She became a certified art teacher and continues to exhibit her fine art, sometimes presenting her disperse dye work as fine art. She loves teaching is excited to be teaching with Lisa Reber, whose background is radically different from hers, making their mutual love of disperse dye as layered and nuanced as a good collage.