Exploring Disperse Dyes in Fine Art and Craft | Miriam Jacobs - July 9-13, 2018


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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.

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  • Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
  • Level: All
  • Materials Fee: $30-$90  


Instructor Bio:

Miriam Jacobs is an artist who has delved into both fine art and craft. She has exhibited and sold her work primarily in the New York metropolitan area. She is a certified art teacher, and have taught in private and public schools, museums, her home, and centers for people with disabilities. Miriam actively posts new work on Instagram and has had two of her disperse dye pieces published in a book on fabric art.

She has recently been experimenting with a new kind of surface design: she works in clay, mostly making tiles, reliefs, some sculpture - patterns, animals, abstract sculptural pieces. She then takes photographs of these works, manipulates their images, and prints them on fabric, sometimes radically altering them so much that it’s difficult to tell what they were originally. Often she places these clay pieces on her disperse dye papers, a combination of textures that engages her imagination in ways that each method alone might not. Being a dyed-in-the-wool student of drawing (especially nudes), Miriam never thought she would end up in the world of surface design. It is not such a stretch, however, if one examines the considerable amount of time she has spent doodling pattern after pattern on anything and everything.

Using disperse dye in particular fascinates Miriam, as it occupies this twilight zone between painting and printmaking. She likes the mystery of working on paper with dyes that don’t look exactly like what they will end up being until after heat is applied. She likes layering colors on top of each other. There is a freedom in using these dyes that is different from paint. It may be the fact that it does not have centuries of old masters’ work in the shadows. Whatever it is, she loves sharing it with other people and is always excited when her students teach her a new way to use them, or merely find their own profound level of satisfaction in their images.

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