The art of beeswax resist has evolved in countless cultures around the globe as a method of creating intricate, multi-layered designs on textiles… In this class we will combine this expressive art with the beauty of natural indigo, and participants will get to wrap themselves in a weekend of beautiful blues and magical beeswax!
The first day of the class will be devoted to learning how to apply wax resists to fabric, and experimenting with various tools and techniques in the process. The second day we will dive into dyeing, with the opportunity to explore the infinite shades of indigo and create multi-layered batik designs. We will wrap up the day by learning tips and tricks for removing wax from finished fabric. Over the weekend students will create several small sample pieces and one larger piece that can be worn as a scarf, or cut and sewn into whatever the heart desires. The focus of this workshop will center around having fun, gaining confidence, and getting to know the ins and outs of this beautiful medium!
We will have a potluck lunch, giving everyone time to socialize with the instructor and fellow students.
What to bring:
- Something to share for the potluck lunch
- Personal beverages and snacks
- Ideas for designs you would like to create with batik
- Notebook and camera if desired
About the instructor:
Kori Hargreaves holds degrees in both studio arts and plant biology from UC Davis, and owns and operates Dawn Creek Farm in Rio Linda, CA with her husband, where they grow specialty cut flowers, veggies, and dye plants for their community. She has spent the last decade immersed in exploring painting, natural dyes, weaving, and textile & clothing design, and founded Ecotone Threads, a company whose mission centers around the sharing of knowledge and the intersection of textile arts, science, and the natural world. Read her full bio here.
About the location:
West County Fiber Arts is the studio of felt artist Heidi Harris, on a beautiful 1-acre property in rural Sonoma County, California. Classes will take place in a tented area in the garden.
If you are coming from out of town, overnight accommodations are plentiful in the vicinity — from nearby hotels to camping at the Russian River. See our Food & Lodging page for suggestions.
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