This summer I was very fortunate to teach Fabric Printing with Dye at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale NY. Initially, I was so nervous, as teaching a technique that I invented through experimentation seemed so daunting. My students were wonderful and I look forward to doing this again sometime soon – hopefully. Teaching one’s peers is an amazingly gratifying experience!!
Here is the class summary:
Print your photographic and hand-drawn images with dye and dye resist. In this class, artists will learn to silkscreen fine detailed photographic images and drawings by using cold process fiber reactive dye pastes. We will focus on painting and precision silkscreening these fiber reactive dyes onto canvas and other cellulose based fabrics. The dyes penetrate into and bond with the fibers offering permanent and washable printed fabrics which can be used for upholstery, wearable art and clothing, or incorporation into artwork such as stretched over a frame and painted, waxed with encaustic, and sculpted with Paverpol. Learn techniques for converting digital photographs into graphic images for photo stencils, and drawing directly onto the screen. Students should bring digital images and/or digital cameras as well as line art for creating artwork for printing. It is recommended that artists have some experience with Adobe Photoshop.