Maiwa School of Textiles

July 31, 2018

So pleased to be going to Vancouver, Canada to attend a workshop course by the Maiwa internationally recognised School of Textiles. The course is called the "The Natural Dye Studio" from Wednesday to Sunday 5th to 9th September. The class is with Charllotte Kwon and Sophena Kwon and has a class limit of only 16. I am really hoping to develop my skills with hand dyed yarn with natural dyes

Here is an extract of the course prospectus from the Maiwa website

Charllotte Kwon’s passionate study of natural dyeing techniques has led her to visit and work with traditional artisan cultures around the world. In this new expanded version of her popular workshop, Charllotte and daughter Sophena will teach a full study of natural dyes and then take this knowledge even further with a directed study component of dye technique.

In this five-day workshop, students will be introduced to natural dyes and the cultures that use them. The class will gain an in-depth understanding of mordants and tannins and work with some of the most famous colourants in the world: from madder reds to cochineal and lac insect dyes to the intense browns, yellows, and golds obtained from petals, barks, leaves, and roots.

A complete day is given over to indigo, perhaps the most magical and singular dyestuff. Students work with a variety of vats and explore the potential of shaped-resist techniques.

The goal of this workshop is accomplished dyeing at a professional level. The workshop will move through the creation of more than 80 colour samples on a variety of fibres using both cloth and yarns.

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