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Textiles A Summer Session 3

Textiles Summer Session 3
June 21 – July 3, 2020
Graham Keegan
Natural Dye Block Print

We’ll begin by exploring the basic concepts of natural dyes: mordants and plant pigments. We’ll use color from foraged plants and those specifically grown for their dye potential. Then we’ll step into making basic printing blocks from a number of materials and experiment with printing on a range of fabrics. The class will emphasize techniques for hand block-printing repeat patterns and layering multiple colors onto the same piece of fabric. Students can expect to make their own printing blocks and produce a series of 18 x 22 inch pieces showcasing different print techniques and colors along with larger works. All levels. NOTE: Textiles workshops are taught in walk-up studios accessible by a stair lift. Code 03TA

Studio artist, textile designer, and natural dye advocate; teaching: Marshfield School of Weaving (VT), Snow Farm (MA), workshops across the country as part of his annual Indigo Tour; designs used by boutique designers and international brands on garments, home goods, wallpaper, and accessories.

diamond stamped pattern in black, white, and gold
Graham Keegan, detail of "Diamonds in Tessellation," madder, iron/tannin, cotton; woodblock print