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May Specials Textiles

Textiles – Special Session
May 9-15, 2021
Emily Parkinson and Sarah Parkinson
Prints, Patterns, and Plants

Spend the week immersed in the wonders of mordant printing! Students will learn to combine precise and repeatable screenprinting techniques with the rich and storied hues of natural dyes. We’ll start with daily pattern play, using short prompts and exercises to get ideas flowing. From there we’ll create multilayered negatives, expose them onto screens, and print our designs on cellulose fibers using a range of thickened mordants. We’ll mix classic dyes, including pomegranate, cutch, madder, cochineal, and weld, and then try not to gasp as our printed textiles take on varied shades in a single dye pot. Students can expect to leave with a solid foundation of screenprinting and natural dyeing skills and a small selection of samples and finished pieces. All levels. Third-floor textiles studio. 

Emily: co-founder of Homebody Textiles (NC) and Wildflower Delivery Co.; teaching: Snow Farm (MA); exhibitions: Growing Color Symposium (NC), Red Brick Center for the Arts (CO), Cornell Fashion Collective (NY), Penland Gallery; publications: Martha Stewart Sustainable Gift Guide 2020, Better Homes and Gardens online gift guide. Sarah: digital media manager at Penland, co-founder of Homebody Textiles (NC); teaching: Snow Farm Summer (MA); Penland Winter Residency; exhibitions: Growing Color Symposium (NC), Dartmouth Graphic Arts Workshop (NH), Penland Gallery.

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Emily Parkinson and Sarah Parkinson, "Bandanas as Flags," cotton, thickened mordants, natural dyes, 24 x 24 inches each