Portland, OR 2020 Art and Soul Workshops

Workshop Details

Clarissa Callesen
9:00 - 4:30
Sunday Aug 23

Ecodyeing: A Collaboration Between Nature and Cloth

$ 170  


A hands-on fast-moving class exploring the alchemy of Ecodyeing. Witness the magic that happens when plants, pressure, and heat combine to create beauty. You will learn the fundamentals of Ecodyeing: equipment, materials, mordants, bundling, and so much more. This class is also very much about experimentation, having fun, and happy accidents. Bring yourself and a few supplies and I will take care of the rest. You will leave class with a small stash of one of a kind fabric to be used in your future creations.

Materials Fee $20 paid at beginning of class includes:

Equipment and propane for steaming
All the plant material necessary
Rusty junk

 Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

• Smaller pieces of white or light-colored fabric APROX 20” x 48”. Silk, wool, and cotton are the “recommended” fabrics, but I have had some striking results with synthetic as well. I am a big proponent of recycled textiles so feel free to bring vintage lace, hankies, old rags, or even that weird shirt you never wear. This class is about experimentation
Dharma Trading Company is a good source for reasonable silk yardage and silk scarves if that strikes your fancy. http://www.dharmatrading.com/fabric/silk/silk-fabrics.html

• String for bundling your fabric. Again, experimentation is the name of the game (cotton twine, sewing thread, embroidery floss, garden twine, yarn, thin rope)

• Absorbent rags or paper towels for mopping up messes

• A pair of scissors

• Several Ziploc bags 1 or 2 gallon size

• Random local plant material or a cheap bouquet of flowers
• A bundle of dried or fresh eucalyptus
• “Special” rust objects (there will be lots of general rusty objects provided for class use)