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Indigo Resist Dyeing - fold, clamp, repeat

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July 1, 2021
July 1, 2021
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

Join the Indigo Resistance! Indigo is a beautiful and complex dye with a rich and strange history. It is uniquely suited for creating patterns by cloth manipulation. In this class students will practice the basics of creating radial and linear repeating designs on cloth. Inspired by the Itajimi style Shibori of Japan, students will use folding and strategic placement of shaped clamps to create a near infinite variety of beautiful patterns. By shifting clamps multiple shades of blue can enhance the possibilities. Information on creating and maintaining a natural indigo vat will be briefly covered. Students will dye three items.

About the Instructor(s)

Iris Sullivan Daire is an artist and naturalist dyer, who uses site specific pigments and dyes to add new layers of meaning to the narrative of her work. She relishes using science, metaphor and story to bring the materials to life while teaching.

Iris lives with her family next to the Columbia River in Astoria Oregon. She grows traditional dye plants, and has been quietly mapping the hidden colors contained within the native and invasive plants of the North Oregon Coast. She holds a BFA in Fiber Arts from University of Oregon and has been teaching for over 20 years.

Materials List: Students Bring

In-Person Participants Bring:

• Note taking supplies

• Apron

• Long rubber gloves


• 2-4 C clamps

Online Participants Bring:

• Note taking supplies

• Apron

• Long rubber gloves

• Participants will need to set up a a basic studio and small indigo vat at home a few days prior to class. A short tutorial will be provided to assist with home studio set up and vat making. Online participants home studios will need: a five-gallon bucket, have access to water, and gloves at a minimum.  

• A kit will be shipped to Online Participants before class begins which includes: natural indigo vat making supplies,(Indigo, iron sulfate, calcium hydroxide, citric acid) instructions for setting it up, materials to dye, a simple clamp and string.


• 2 - 4 C clamps

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Handouts

• Cloth prepared for dyeing

• Large natural indigo vats

• Rinsing tubs

• A comprehensive assortment of clamps of various sizes and shapes

• Drying racks

• Buckets

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