This three day workshop is a solid foundation course for people wanting to work with 100% chemical free natural indigo techniques at a professional level.
Indigo is one of the oldest and most magical of all the natural dyes. It is the colour of the sky and the sea, and in many cultures indigo cloth is considered sacred and precious. As we become more conscious of what we wear and where it comes from, plant-based non-chemical indigo dye is experiencing a resurgence.
This workshop focuses on powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-chemical and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. Unlike indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source. This workshop will explain the unique chemistry of indigo, principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, as well as choice, preparation and post-treatment of the textile to be dyed. Over three days, participants will be shown how to prepare powdered indigo and how to set up the dye-vat, dye a set of samples, and work on a larger project .
Participants will come away with more than enough knowledge to set up their own vats and start working with indigo, as well as a deeper understanding of how indigo works and how to achieve the best colour-fast, light-fast and even results with this ancient and singular dye-stuff.
Venue: Studio Nil
Address: 46 Devon Avenue, Coburg
Time: Friday-Sunday, 10.00-5.00