Cochineal Dye Workshop, 1/20

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Cochineal Dye Workshop, 1/20

80.00

with Mary Grisey

Saturday January 20th, 2-4

Limit 15 students

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Cochineal is a female scale insect that lives on prickly pear cactus plants native to Central and South America. Crimson, fuchsia, raspberry, orange and scarlet reds can be created from cochineal. In this workshop, Mary will guide you in creating your own silk scarf dyed with cochineal. You will learn the difference between cellulose (cotton, linen, hemp) and animal (silk, wool) fibers and how to mordant them along with a few different dye techniques: immersion, dip-dyeing and resist-dyeing. You will also learn to create a few different shades of cochineal using added ingredients or other dyes to brighten or sadden the color. No previous natural dye experience required!

Mary is an artist, textile designer and tarot reader based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from York University in Toronto and BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies. Her art and design practice involves handwoven and naturally dyed textiles, ceramics and sound. She uses ancient mythology, ruination and entropy as inspirations for her work. You can see her work here www.marygrisey.com and here www.thewoventarot.com or @marygrisey