Patterns & Prints & Plants & Play
Explore the wonders of mordant printing with Homebody Textiles.
In this class we will use daily prompts and pattern play as an entry point into designing original, multi-layered screens. From there, we will print our designs onto cloth using a range of thickened mordants. Next, we will prepare classic dyes like pomegranate, cutch, madder, cochineal, and weld, and we will then see our hard work and ideas blossom as our printed textiles take on multiple shades in a single dye pot. Participants can expect to leave with a foundation of screen printing and natural dyeing skills, and a small collection of samples and finished pieces.
All experience levels are welcome.
Emily and Sarah Parkinson are the artists/sisters/collaborators behind Homebody Textiles, a small studio that specializes in always-patterned, always-playful home goods and accessories. Their work brings together a love for hands-on engagement, a keen eye for balance and rhythm, and a deep fascination with the natural world. Their chosen process (screen printing) and materials (natural dyes) force them to work at the intersection of loose and laborious, and to keep the compass fixed firmly on experimentation. They have taught at Penland School of Craft in NC and Snow Farm in MA, have exhibited their work at the Growing Color Symposium and the American Craft Council’s Atlanta/Southeast CraftWeek, and have appeared in publications including “Uppercase Magazine” and “Nature’s Colorways: Conjuring the Chemistry and Culture of Natural Dyes.”
Shakerag Workshops of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School does not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.