June 18-22, 2018 FULL - Carol Soderlund | Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing
June 25-29, 2018 FULL - Carol Soderlund | Dyeing to Discharge
July 23-27, 2018 FULL - 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 FULL - 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 from March through October. 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 6 weeks 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.
WORKSHOP IS FULL. PLEASE CALL 1-800-228-9393 TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Matisse as Muse
Matisse is our muse and starting off point in this intense workshop. After “deconstructing” Matisse, use your imagery to explore deconstructed screen-printing, charcoal, pastels, water-soluble media and textile paint. Learn how to make the “fugitive” materials such as charcoal and pastels permanent (even washable) on fabric and how to combine them with dye printed fabrics. We will cover oh so much in our five days; plan to be completely, but happily, exhausted and full of new ideas at the end.
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The Best of Both Worlds: A New Approach to Eco-printing
Description: Botanical printing– also known as eco-printing– has a large and dedicated following. The sustainability of materials and inherent organic beauty of the imagery is deliciously appealing. But consider a new twist on beloved printing methods. This workshop explores nine additions to botanical printing on paper/fabric substrates to create a series of collages suitable for framing, stitch, or other distinctive and personal use.
Techniques include adding color or collage elements prior to printing, the use of a variety of mordants and chemical applications to enhance and shift color, and Dunnewold’s unique method of printing on secondary papers to produce backgrounds which are then transferred to the botanical print. These new and unexpected additions to the eco-printing repertoire are not for the faint hearted. It’s just too exciting!
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Students will explore the art of fabric marbling on flat and 3-d surfaces. They will learn to create traditional designs as well as many special effects and flowers. During this hands on workshop students will create their own set of 10" square cotton fabric. These fabrics are ideal for quilting, clothing and other sewing projects. Students will also learn to marble 3-d objects like hats and containers.
Get Started Dyeing Wool
Spinners, Weavers, Knitters and Feltmakers! Are you tired of not finding yarns and fibers in the colors that you want? This two day workshop will introduce you to dyeing wool and other animal fibers using the WashFast Acid Dyes. You will explore coloring mixing and immersion dyeing by creating a 21 step color wheel. Then you will learn how to do gradation dyeing, as well as painting on yarn and fibers. There will be time for an individual project of your choice on the second day.