10 am-3 pm
Instructor: Aaron Sanders Head
Participants will learn the basics of dying with a plant-based indigo vat, along with various approaches to Japanese shibori resist dyeing. Aaron will focus on Itajime (shape resist) and Kumo (twist resist). A yard of cotton is provided for experimentation, along with all vat materials and supplies for Shibori. Participants are encouraged to bring small goods to dye, along with high-sleeved rubber gloves. Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept color best. Vintage linens, pillowcases, dishtowels, and clothing are good choices. Pre-wash in hot water and dry before the workshop. Students will leave with dyed cotton fabric, dyed goods from home, and a handout detailing the dyeing process. Wear old clothing and shoes that can be stained. The dye will splash!
About the instructor:
Aaron Sanders Head is a curator, critic, and visual artist based in Alabama. He has worked for The Arts Company as Gallery Associate, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment as Gallery Coordinator/Curator, and the Kentuck Museum Association as Artist Liaison. His curatorial work focuses on presenting honest depictions of the complex southern cultural climate through the lens of its artists, while his personal work investigates, restores, and reinterprets historical textile practices, with a focus on natural dyes, hand-mending, and hand-stitching.