Wednesday, July 10, 2013



The rich blue hue of indigo-dyed fabrics has transfixed people for centuries. Indigo, in fact, is among the oldest textile dyes, originating in India and South East Asia and spreading through trade to Europe, Africa and America. One of Georgia’s first cash crops was actually wild indigo!
Now you can explore the process by which a leafy green plant becomes dye that, through oxidation, transforms fabric from green to blue before your eyes. Plus, because it doesn’t require chemicals to be lightfast, indigo is a great place to begin discovering the art of natural dyes. Join Gretchen in two days of indigo dyeing, and go home with a beautiful blue silk scarf of your design.indigo
On the first day, you’ll learn about the chemistry of natural dyes, the history of indigo and try your hand at several techniques including plangi shibori, arashi shibori as well as traditional tie, stitch and clamp resists. On the second day, you’ll design and create your own masterpiece to wear for years to come. Plus, if you have any natural fiber fabrics or yarn at home you’d like to dye, please bring them along!
About the Instructor:Gretchen is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a concentration in Fibers. She seeks anything to ignite her passion, spark her creativity and be spiritually grounding. Having studied Fibers in college, she was naturally attracted to textiles and how easily they could be manipulated with color and form.
Gretchen owns a small business, Thrive, where she continually explores the endless possibilities of dyeing in her studio. The products she produces through Thrive are a reflection of her own personal journey and transformation within her practice of meditation and yoga.
Location & Time:Saturday July 13 & 20, 10:00-12:30
Location: The Indie-pendent (Upstairs)
1052 St. Charles Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Cost:For Georgia Organics Members: $50 + $12 supply fees = $62- Enroll Now!  
For Non-Members: 
$75 + $12 supply fees = $87- Enroll Now!
Want to become a member of Georgia Organics and save on classes while supporting the local food movement? Join today!
Date(s) – 07/13/2013 – 07/20/2013
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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