This workshop will take place in the Oakland California dye studio of A Verb For Keeping Warm.
Workshops begin at 10am and finish at 5pm.
This workshop focusses on powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-chemical and environment and skin - friendly techniques. Unlike indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source, and the fructose vat is also relatively straightforward to put together and to use. This workshop will explain the unique chemistry of indigo, principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, as well as choice and preparation of the textile to be dyed. Participants will be shown how to prepare powdered indigo and how to set up the dye-vat, dye s small set of samples, and work on a larger project with Aboubakar's assistance.
Participants will come away with enough knowledge to set up their own vats and start working with indigo, as well as a deeper understanding of how indigo works and how to achieve the best colour-fast, light-fast and even results with this ancient and singular dye-stuff.
All sample materials and dye-stuffs will be included in the cost, but participants will need to bring their own small project to work on. Details will be sent out.
These workshops depend on getting enough participants to go ahead. They are not refundable but are transferrable if you cannot make it.
*Please note: fructose indigo is not the same as fermented vegetable indigo. The fermented process is much longer and very much more difficult, and it requires constant heat and attention.