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Lifelong Learning - Natural Colors; Dyeing + Printing Workshop

April 29 to 30, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design - Fine Arts Building, 1201 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN, 47405

Saturday, April 29; 9 a.m.1 p.m. 

Sunday, April 30; 15 p.m. ET

In Person: Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

1201 E 7th St., Bloomington, IN

$120 per person; fee includes workshop materials supplied in class*

Limited to 8 participants 


This intensive, two-day, natural dye workshop will introduce beginner or refine intermediate dyer skills needed to create naturally dyed, one-of-a-kind, patterned fabrics. Artist-made fabric is a great way to add depth to the craftsmanship of any work made from fabric—quilting, upholstery, apparel, etc. 

Participants will use historied techniques including mordant painting and printing, indigo vat dyeing, stovetop natural dyeing, screen printing, and block printing, as well as investigate the use of iron, soda, and rust to manipulate the color and appearance of dyed effects. Special attention will be paid to dye plants native to central Indiana that can be locally foraged, along with established, non-native dyestuffs such as cochineal, indigo, and madder root.

After the workshop, participants will be comfortable preparing fabric for dyeing, dyeing with natural dyestuff from extracts and foraged materials, and using simple chemical reactions to manipulate color. Participants may work independently or collaboratively during the workshop. Ultimately, each will leave the workshop with approximately two yards of custom-dyed and printed fabric, along with the knowledge to continue this practice independently. 

*Please note: Students are required to supply the following items: scissors, sharpie, Xacto knife, pencil, sketchbook, t-pins, masking or painter’s tape, and a paintbrush set. All other materials are included in the class fee and will be supplied during the workshop.


About the Instructor:

Emily Yurkevicz is an interdisciplinary artist from Brattleboro, Vt., whose work has been exhibited and published domestically and internationally. She is a visiting assistant professor at IU teaching in foundations and fibers. Before joining academia, Yurkevicz was a textile designer for high-end interiors working out of a studio in New York City.