Indigo Dye for Papermakers and Fiber Artists

with Heather Kohlmeier
Saturday, July 22; 10am–4pm CT and Saturday, July 29; 1–4pm CT

Learn the process of making and maintaining a synthetic indigo vat appropriate for dyeing paper and textiles in this in-person workshop. Supported by a wonderful bank of images from around the world, we’ll begin with an introduction to a variety of contemporary paper artists who use the indigo vat, and engage in a discussion of the historic ways indigo has been used in textiles. Then, learn methods of using the vat with handmade paper and explore the Japanese art of Stitched Shibori, in which you immerse textiles in a dye bath and then create patterns through stitches. Come away with information and experience to set up an indigo vat in your home, studio, or classroom, and with skills to create a portfolio of dyed samples to serve as a reference library for ongoing work.

Please wear clothing/shoes fit for wet work (e.g. rain boots, clogs, water resistant shoes). 

Participants need to return to pick up their paper on Saturday 8/5 or later in The Shop at MCBA to allow the wet sheets of paper time to dry for a few days.

Please note that papermaking is a wet and physical process that involves repeated lifting and bending. Accommodations can be made for individuals with specific needs (please share these when registering) and we encourage all abilities to participate in ways that feel safe and comfortable.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 9 hours, Category D

$254/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 materials fee
$127 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our Covid Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 7/17 at midnight (CT).