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Sustainable Design Series
Natural Dye Printing

Thea Haines

Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16th
10 am to 4 pm

Tuition: $315.00 + $50.00 materials fee + HST

In this intensive 3-day workshop, learn the principles of preparing different fabrics with mordants and making dye extracts from diverse dye sources for hand-painting and printing on cloth. Technical and creative experimentation with mordant, tannin, dye and discharge printing will be explored through sampling on cloth with different mark-making processes – screen, stencil, and block-printing. Discover the rich colour possibilities achieved through modifiers and enhancers, over-printing and colour mixing.

Thea Haines is a textile designer, artist, curator and natural colour consultant. She recently completed an MA in Textile design from Chelsea College of Art and Design, in London, UK. She previously studied Textile Design at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada and holds BA Honours in Art and Comparative Literature from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. She was artist-in-residence in the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada from 2006-2009 and a member of the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative at 401 Richmond in Toronto from 2009-2011. Her recent natural dye research makes the case for natural dyes as sustainable alternative to chemical dyes in craft production of printed and dyed textiles.

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