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An Enthusiasts Introduction to Eco-dyeing
Sat, 22 Apr 2017, 10:00 – Sun, 23 Apr 2017, 18:00 BST
An Enthusiasts Introduction to Eco-dyeing is a two-day masterclass for people in Argyll and Bute interested in and enthusiastic about experimenting with the process of printing onto fabric using the natural materials around them.
Eco-dyeing uses heat to draw out natural pigments from leaves and other plant materials to create interesting and surprising marks on fabric. Plants are arranged on prepared textiles then wound over metal rods and bundled tightly with string. The plant dyes are then extracted through steaming or immersing the fabric in hot water. Results achieved can vary greatly from clearly defined plant forms to more diffused bursts of colour.
Eco-dyeing is unpredictable and does not focus on the strict replication of results, therefore an open minded and experimental attitude is required of the dyer; the same dyestuff will yield different results depending on the time of year the leaves are picked, where the plant is growing, how much rain has fallen while it was growing, etc. You can play with and create your own personal alchemy by recording these variables and the results you achieve when processing the fabric.
In this two-day masterclass, artist Laura Aldridge, the enthusiast, will share what she has learnt so far about eco-dyeing in her work and encourage participants' independent experimentation with the process. You will source plants from your local area and the Cove Park site to make a series of tests, recording some of the controlled and uncontrolled variables which directly affect the outcome of the prints. Through experimentation you will build up to dyeing larger pieces of fabric for use in your future art or textile projects.
The masterclass is suited to people with little to no experience of eco-dyeing - enthusiasm is a must! Experts who wish to work with plants local to the Cove Park area and alongside enthusiastic amateurs are also welcome.
Artist Laura Aldridge graduated with an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2006, spending a period of exchange at CALARTS, Los Angeles. She co-runs Grey Wolf Studios, Glasgow and is currently a lecturer in Sculpture and Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include: 'Go Woman Go!' with The British Council, Abuja, Nigeria (2017); 'California wow!', Tramway, Glasgow (2015); 'Underside, backside, inside, even', CCA, Glasgow (2012); Studio Voltaire, London (2011). Recent group exhibitions include: 'Jack and Diane', Kate Werble, New York (2016); 'DIDING – An Interior That Remains an Exterior', Künstlerhaus, Graz (2015); 'Rubbernecking in the Stacks', Greene Gallery, Los Angeles (2014), 'Out of Doors' Supplement, London (2013); 'Laura Aldridge & Sara Barker & Sue Tompkins' Shane Campbell Gallery / Lincoln Park Space, Chicago (2013).
The minimum age requirement for this event is 18. Please note, we offer a full refund if you cancel your place at least 14 days prior to the course start date, after this a refund is unavailable unless in exceptional circumstances or we cancel the event.
Images: Laura Aldridge
Please note, this event will take place in the Artist Centre and studios around the 50-acre rural site. If you have any queries about accessing the Cove Park site please contact Cove Park in advance.
This masterclass is part of Hands-On Cove Park, a programme of creative events, workshops and talks for people in Argyll & Bute. Find out more about the programme and sign up for updates here and see details of current activities here.