A 4 hour Indigo workshop with Kelsey Wiskirchen
Check it. We are so pleased to have textile artist and teacher, Kelsey Wiskirchen kick off workshops at Enamel. Kelsey will be headed off to a year long residency in Tennessee just a week after this workshop, and although we are excited for her, she will be missed. So check out her WORK and join us either Saturday and Sunday - or both- to say hi and make some things blue.
Come on in for the open gathering July 26th 6-8pm where we will have an Enamel Open House and Kelsey showing Indigo dip dies. Cloth to die will be available for purchase, and it will simply be a great time to begin your evening and enjoy the Morganford area.
And even better, join Kelsey Sunday, July 27th 1-5 pm for a 4 hour extensive indigo dip-dying Shibori workshop. The price of the workshop includes all materials and a starter kit to bring home. You can buy a spot HERE.
Lastly, we invite you to take a look at her home studio and read about what will be in store straight from her. Between morning coffee and hearing about her thoughts on this particular technique and her work, it was a really lovely morning, and I hope it will feel the same for you.
Why I Dye
I learned how to dye with indigo from my dear friend Judy, an anthropologist and textile enthusiast who kept an indigo dye vat in her backyard in Arizona. We tied stones into our fabric to make circular shaped dye marks on the cloth, and Judy dyed the ends of her hair blue. Judy also taught me how to dye using other plants that we collected from the desert, such as Creosote, Sage, and Rabbit Brush. She taught me to love all aspects of the process – collecting the leaves, like a scavenger hunt, and the smell of the simmering plants. In 2010, I visited a women’s weaving cooperative called Projecto Artesania Zona Andina (PAZA) in Bolivia, and learned the methods for plant dyeing that have been passed down through generations of women. In a society fixated on instant gratification, I find great value in the process of extracting naturally occurring colorant from plants. As a textile artist, I feel connected to the traditions of my field when I practice these processes. I am excited to share the experience of indigo with the community in St. Louis later this month.
Shibori methods are traditional Japanese techniques for creating dye patterns on fabric. In this workshop, we will explore Shibori methods of pole-wrapping, binding, and folding & clamping the fabric.