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Recipes from Nature: Winter Season

  • March 23, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
  • 6



Recipes from Nature: Winter Season

Nature will thank you! Explore the abundant range of colors waiting to be extracted from vegetables, berries and plants from your garden and your kitchen!

In this workshop we will focus on dye materials from the Winter Season. An assortment of tree branches, pine cones, and produce! Students will work with pre-mordant cellulose and protein fibers. We will experiment with shifting colors using mordant after baths and thickened mordants for mark making.

The history, purpose and art of natural dyeing will be presented throughout the workshop. Sustainability and eco-consciousness is the thread throughout this series of workshops. By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a more thorough knowledge of preparing natural dyestuff, processing your yields and hopefully being inspired and amazed by what gifts nature truly provides us!

Materials fee: $20.00

Student supply list: Mask, Gloves, (2) 16 oz mason jars

Hours: number of hours for class Specify if it is multiple days or multiple weeks: One Day, 10 - 5 with 1 hr break

Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels.

Member Price: $85

Non-Member Price: $95

Instructor: Susan Haldeman

Instructor Bio: I have a crazy love for textiles. Still, after thirty years of working in the textile art industry, I continue to explore traditional, innovated and sustainable ways to apply dyes to natural fibers. I gain inspiration from my experiments with color whether extracting it from nature or mixing fiber reactive dyes.  Texture, layering of material and patterns, as well as the beauty in nature inform my work.  

    I studied design and printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art, and also have degree in business marketing from Lasell College. Combining the two has enabled me to experience life as an innovative businesswoman and artist.  Over the years I have been lucky to have successful textile and interior design companies, along with being very involved in supporting the arts in the nonprofit sector.  

    Currently, I am one of the co-founders of Textiles West, which is extremely fulfilling work and I am very excited to be teaching in the Surface Design Department in our makerspace.

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