10.27.2011

japanese braiding and natural dyeing class

erin considine

photos from Erin Considine

Erin Considine, one of my favorite jewelry designers, is teaching a class at the Textile Arts Center in December.  There are still a few spots left.  I wish more than anything that I could be in New York to take this class!  My interest in natural dyeing has been growing since summer, when I checked out some books on the topic at the library.  Colors from nature are just so much more beautiful than any colors I've seen, and I love the idea of using ancient techniques and things that surround us to create beauty.  Check out this video showing some of Erin's process, and see her new collection here.  I really respect all the work that goes into her pieces.

6 comments:

Arlie said...

I heard about this a few days back! No doubt it would be amazing. That necklace pictured is my favorite from her new collection.

Anna McClurg said...

natural dying is so interesting! i remember doing some research on it awhile back when i was researching dyes of the 19th century. one of my favorite colors was cochineal, which is actually made using an insect (yes, gross!) but the color can range from pink, bright hot pink to deep red. and of course i also love the process of dying indigo, though i've never done it myself before. i'd really love to learn how to use natural dyes someday.

nicole said...

Ooh, how I wish I could take that class too. Beautiful stuff!

This summer I bought some woad powder with the intention of starting a woad vat, but ran out of time/warm weather. Oh well, there's always next summer...

Have you seen India Flint's beautiful book "Eco Colour"? You might find it of interest.

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Gorgeous piece! x

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well-crafted said...

Jenny, I’ve been thinking it would only be a matter of time before you would start using natural dyes in your work. Hope you will be able to find a class or teach yourself soon because I know the results will be stunning! I took a natural dyes workshop last spring and it was one of the most inspiring and fun things I’ve ever done. You can read about it here. Sadly, I haven’t had much time to use what I learned since then, but someday I will. Mackenzie Frère taught the class in conjunction with his residency at the MOCC in Portland. His blog, ArtClothText would probably be of interest to you. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration you provide!

freny said...

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