March 22-23, 2018 Vicki Jensen | Getting Started with MX Dyes
April 30-May 4, 2018 Kevin Womack | Playing with Paints – Building Layers
May 7-11, 2018 Pat Pauly | Glorious Prints!
May 17-18, 2018 Lisa Reber | Easy Stitched Shibori
June 14-15, 2018 Gilbert Muniz | From Dye to Design: Building Layers with Color, Screens and Stencils
June 18-22, 2018 Carol Soderlund | Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing
June 25-29, 2018 Carol Soderlund | Dyeing to Discharge
July 9-13, 2018 Miriam Jacobs | Exploring Disperse Dyes in Fine Art and Craft
July 23-27, 2018 Chad Hagen | Resist Dyeing on Felted and Woven Wool (A Farewell Tour)
July 30-August 3, 2018 Debbie Maddy | Indigo & Shibori Dyeing Beyond Tie Dye: Clamp, Stitch and Pole Wrap
August 6-10, 2018 Kerr Grabowski | Matisse as Muse
August 20-24, 2018 Jane Dunnewold | The Best of Both Worlds: A New Approach to Eco-printing
September 27-28, 2018 Paula Lavender | Fabric Marbling
October 25-26, 2018 Vicki Jensen | Get Started Dyeing Wool
All of our workshops are held at PRO™ Chemical & Dye in Fall River, Massachusetts. Our building is air-conditioned in the summer months. Our 5 day workshops run from 9:00AM to 4:00PM each day Monday through Friday, with additional time to work independently after the formal instruction.
PRO™ Chemical & Dye provides a complimentary lunch daily for the duration of our workshops. The lunches are not gluten and dairy free. Please contact us for places in the area that you can purchase alternatives.
Workshops are open to all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, unless noted in the course description. We limit the size of our workshops to 14 students, to ensure maximum benefit and personal attention.
To guarantee your space in a workshop, the following deposit(s) must be received with your registration.
The balance of your tuition must be paid 30 days prior to the beginning of the workshop. A late fee of $50 will be charged if the balance is not paid on time.
Your credit card does not automatically get charged for the full amount of tuition stated for each workshop, unless you are registering within 6 weeks prior to the scheduled workshop dates. Otherwise only the tuition deposit will be charge, once we process your registration. Please Note: No discount can be applied to the registration of a workshop. Thank you for your understanding.
If you cancel from a workshop up to 30 days before the beginning of a workshop, you will receive a full refund of all money paid at that time, minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel from a workshop within 30 days of the scheduled workshop dates, you will only receive a 50% refund of your paid tuition as a credit on file for future use, as long as we fill your spot with another student from our waiting list. If there is no one to fill your spot, then unfortunately we are unable to apply any credit on file.
PRO™ Chemical & Dye reserves the right to cancel a workshop without sufficient enrollment two months before the scheduled date. If you have registered for a workshop that gets canceled, you will receive a full refund of your tuition deposit. Please register early to avoid disappointment!
If you are flying: T. F. Green Airport in Providence, RI is the closest to out facility in Fall River, MA with about a half hours drive. Logan Airport in Boston, MA is not as easy to get in and out of as Providence and is about an hours drive depending on traffic.
Lodging is not within walking distance of the classroom. Click here for a list of housing options in the area. Upon arrival at your chosen lodge, you are responsible for payment of your room and for transportation to and from PRO™ Chemical & Dye.
Getting Started with MX Dyes
Whether you are brand new to the world of dyeing or just need a refresher, this workshop will get you started on a fun, easy journey of using the MX fiber reactive dyes. On the first day, you’ll begin by creating a 12 step color wheel, while learning how to prepare an immersion dye bath. Then an easy method of dyeing a six step gradation will be completed. You’ll finish the day exploring several low water immersion processes on cotton. On the second day, you’ll discover a variety of ways of working with thickened MX dyes to create color and pattern on cloth, in addition to hand painting yarns. See how easy it is to create one of a kind dyed cloth and fibers!!!
Playing with Fabric Paints – Building Layers
Are you ready to play, experiment and have fun? In this class we will sample transparent, opaque and metallic fabric paints while exploring techniques for creating original fabric designs. Emphasis will be placed on creating cohesive compositions while building layers of pattern. We will start by using found objects and then add to our toolbox of techniques as the week progresses. Activities will include creating your own stamps, working with silkscreens, batiking with soy wax, exploring Gelli plate monoprinting and more. An introduction to color mixing and daily color exercises will be included.
Discover hundreds of ways to use silkscreen to print gorgeous cloth. Experiment with underlayments, resists, stencils, and learn in-depth techniques for printing using thickened dye. As well as color mixing and color theory, you’ll learn the silkscreen’s versatility for making fabric with exquisite color and complexity. Soy wax resist, monoprinting, stamps, and stencils – all are used with screen printing for one-of-a-kind irresistible fabric. Uncover the magic of printing with dyes!
Easy Stitched Shibori
Have you fallen in love with the wonderful patterns of stitched Shibori fabrics? This is the class for you. Have you wanted to try dyeing with MX but don’t know where to start? This is the class for you. Do you have all those nagging questions about where to start and safety and how to get the results you want, and the perennial ones about washing out? This is the class for you. Even if you’ve never picked up a needle before, guess what – this is the class for you, too!
You’ll learn to work safely with MX dyes and create solid, mottled and multi-colored fabrics. And you’ll learn basic hand sewing techniques. Then we’ll combine those new skills and make dazzling patterns on fabric created with stitching and dye. For those who have sewn before, you’ll see how stitching to dye is different than stitching for clothing or quilts. If you’ve never sewn before, there will be videos for you to watch before you come to class. But not knowing how to sew is not an excuse to miss this class!
This workshop will teach you the basics of dyeing and printing with screens & stencils. On the first day, we'll construct our screens, print some preliminary designs and dye our foundation fabric. On the second day, we will develop stencils and compose our prints. We will use thickened dye, fabric paint, Procion dyes and Color Magnet.
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Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing
In this workshop we will be delving into the relationship between color and light. As David Hornung says in his text Colour, “The relationship between color and light is one of the most powerful aspects of two dimensional art. Light itself has a mysterious psychological effect. To see light appear to emanate from within a group of colors is an arresting visual experience.”
Of course, as artists in cloth, we want to translate these ideas to fabric, creating cloth that can convey pure, glowing color, that appears luminous when used, and creating partnered hues that are less glowing, less luminous, ready to be used as contrast in compositions. To this end, students will learn three methods of creating flat/glowing pairs in handdyed cloth with Procion MX dyes, using color recipes provided as well as color inspiration they bring from personal inspiration files such as paint chips, photographs, and swatches.
In addition, we will learn four ways to create solid or nearly solid fabrics—two using low water immersion techniques and two using machines. To this end, Carol will bring tabletop machines for student use, and will discuss the methods of using larger machines for solid color dyeing. Students will dye up to one yard cuts of fabric pairs, testing the various methods presented. Swapping and sharing of color recipes and samples will follow, so that students will emerge with a notebook of flat/glowing pairs and how to achieve them in their own studio practice, as well as yards of paired flat/glowing cloth. Sustainability in dyeing has become an increasingly important topic. Methods of water conservation, both in dyeing and washout processes will be addressed.
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Dyeing to Discharge
Discover the possibilities of discharge-- the removal of color from dyed cloth. Using both commercial fabrics and cloth dyed specifically for discharge, the student will selectively remove and replace color, gaining an in-depth look at both thiox and bleach discharge processes. Immersion with clamp and pole wrap techniques and as well as stencil, screen printing, and block printing techniques will be used to create striking imagery with complex layering of color. Illumination dyeing—the simultaneous removal and addition of color-- will be explored. In addition, we will experiment with the amazing properties of potato dextrin resist. Fabric samples showing specific dye colors and how they discharge will be produced for both cotton and silk. Safe studio practices are emphasized.
Exploring Disperse Dyes in Fine Art and Craft
In this five-day workshop, you will learn how to use disperse dye, either for fine art and/or craft purposes or you may choose to focus on the process only, experimenting with the dyes and various tools that can create textures and lines, stretching the limits as far as possible. You will be taught to use the dyes by themselves as well as with fabric crayons; it is important to give expression to both approaches. You will also be encouraged to use the papers after they're printed, in collages.
In short presentations, informally students will share their challenges and progress. Students will feed off of each others’ work, multiplying the possibilities of the images that are created. The course is designed for people who are new to disperse dye and for those who are familiar with it, but are interested in revitalizing their methods.
Using disperse dye is also a unique medium in that it is not essential that you have prior drawing/artistic skills. As long as you enjoy working with color and are open to surprises, you can come up with dynamic prints. You will also learn how to use Spoonflower, a web site in which photographs of the disperse dye work can be manipulated into entirely new images and then printed onto fabric or wallpaper or gift wrapping paper.
Resist Dyeing on Felted and Woven Wool (A Farewell Tour)
Join the instructor, Chad Alice Hagen on her last trek through the far wilds of the world with her 200# of rust and steel tools and clamps. We will explore five days of the wonders of resist dyeing by folding, refolding, clamping, dyeing and over-dyeing to create beautiful patterns and luscious colors on both felted needle punch batts and 100% woven wool flannel. We will work with 4-9 dye baths at a time, changing intensities and values of the colors to create one of a kind masterpieces. DyeMaster Chad will talk about creating a safe home dye kitchen, sources of everything as well as the hidden secrets of reverse resist dyeing. Class will also use their skills to make a Resist Shaped Mokume/Bark scarf.
We will set up and maintain multiple indigo vats for our dyeing. Debbie will teach the classic folding, clamping and tying techniques used in Shibori Indigo dyeing. She will also delve deep into the arashi pole wrapping and stitching to resist. This is not a typical indigo dyeing experience; we will go way beyond that.