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Co-presented with Craft Ontario

Colour Quartet: Coaxing Multiple Shades from Natural Dyes

with Kathy Hattori

Saturday June 10
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $140 + $40 materials fee + HST
Maximum 12 students

Ancient dyers were masters in mordant and colour shifting in order to build intriguing and complex shades around a handful of natural dyes. In this class, we will explore artful dye bath techniques to create harmonious and sometimes surprising colours from a single natural dye. Participants will learn to apply simple pH modifiers, minerals or other safe ingredients and coax up to 4 distinctive shades. Each participant team will concentrate on one colour. Dyeing with 6 different natural dyes, we will end up with 24 distinctive shades from our efforts! This method provides a good way to get the most out of a dyestuff and save on water, dye and energy. Each participant will receive samples swatches from each dyebath variation. All levels of experience are welcome.

Kathy Hattori

Kathy Hattori is often described as the "guru" of the natural dye world. Since 2003, she has worked with artisans and industry to promote the understanding and use of natural dyes. Her company, Botanical Colors in Seattle, USA, supplies artisans and industry with dye materials, and provides consulting and support for emerging designers, brands and artisans, as well as consulting with established retail brands. She has developed numerous processes involving natural dye extracts for use in industrial textile production, as well as having created natural dye programs for the largest organically certified tannery in Europe.

In 2013, she was awarded a USDA VAPG grant for natural dye research. Kathy is in high demand around the world as a speaker, teacher and researcher in the area of natural dyes. botanicalcolors.com

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