Since 2011, Yoshiko I. Wada and Michel Garcia have devoted their passion for the art of natural dyes from around the world through research and experimentation from the past, present for ethical and sustainable methods towards our future. ALL four films are excellent resources to strengthen your natural dye education, and goes hand in hand with our NEW Hybrid-Workshops with Michel Garcia. More information about the Natural Dye Workshop project, please visit the website.
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Natural Dye Workshop I: Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods
Join Michel Garcia in Lauris, France as he shares his knowledge as one of the leading natural dye experts in the world. Learn how he has revised traditional European methods – once laborious and polluting – into simpler, safer, modern recipes sensitive to issues of sustainability. More information, visit this page.
Natural Dye Workshop II: Colors of Latin America on Wool Fiber Using Sustainable Methods
Resume your study with master natural dyer Michel Garcia in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he explores dyeing traditions of Latin America in depth. Breaking down traditional methods in his signature style, Michel explains how to achieve red, blue, and yellow natural dyes using sustainable methods on wool fibers including some mentions of yak, alpaca, camel, and goat. More information, visit this page.
Natural Dye Workshop III: Organic Dyes to Pigments Foundations for the Color of Europe
Rejoin Michel Garcia in Lauris, France for a survey of the foundations for organic dyes and pigments in his typical style constructing modern sustainable methods with an eye towards historical traditions and chemical and botanical science. Beginning with a playful demonstration with garden flowers, Michel develops pigments and dyes for a variety of applications including inks for calligraphy, paints for printing and painting on paper and silk, pure pigments for watercolor, lake pigments and Maya Blue for wood and plaster walls, and dye extracts for one-bath dyeing of protein fibers. More information, visit this page.
Natural Dye Workshop IV: Beyond Mordants Indigo and Direct Application of Dyes
Join Michel at his new studio in Brittany, France, where he demonstrates methods for using dried leaves, fresh paste, sukumo (compost), and powder from various families of indigo to dye wool, silk, and plant fibers. He also shows how insoluble colors from alkanet and annatto can yield vibrant purples and reds. He shares simple methods to produce a brilliant palette for painting and dyeing on natural fabrics, using safflower, logwood, rhubarb, and cochineal. More information, visit this page.
All four films are available on SFS SHOP & Vimeo