Learn how important sustainability is to creating textiles in our modern world. Did you know it takes around 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair of blue jeans? And that’s just in terms of growing cotton, when you take into account the dye process as well as the machine wash, almost 9,982 gallons of water are used. That’s crazy! Students will learn about the impact the fiber industry has on the environment and how we can honor the earth by upcycling and practicing sustainable dyeing methods.
In this 5 day camp, students will learn how to repurpose old ratty t-shirts with indigo dye and shibori techniques, forage for dye plants in our dye garden at Flying Pig Farm, dye and eco print fabric with our foraged plants and a couple other natural dyes, and on the last day we will take our naturally dyed fabrics and turn them into an upcycled project. Students will learn about natural fibers and learn the differences between cellulose and protein fibers. Students will also learn about mordanting and why it’s important to the natural dyeing process.
For ages 12-18
Materials fee: $30
Student supply list: old cotton t-shirts or any natural fabrics (cotton, linen, silk, rayon, bamboo)
Number of hours for class:
Start: July 22 9:00AM - 12:00PM
End: July 26 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Schedule: 5 sessions
Day 1: July 22 Indigo shibori with old t-shirts
Day 2: July 23 Foraging
Day 3: July 24 Natural Dyeing
Day 4: July 25 Bundle Dyeing
Day 5: July 26 Upcycle project (farmers market/tote bag or improvisational piecing)"
Instructor: Julia Bannerot and Annika Koch
Julia Bannerot is a multidisciplinary artist, however she works mostly with clay and fiber. Her work explores themes of interconnection, vulnerability, and ambiguity. She grew up in Colorado Springs and received a BA in studio ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2018.
Annika Koch is from Zimmerman, Minnesota, and attends Colorado College in downtown Colorado Springs. After working at a fabrics and craft store for over a year, Annika fell in love with sewing and quilting. She started on a cheap sewing machine, but that was enough to start a passion. Annika currently interns at Textiles West through her Bonner Fellowship at CC. She hopes to learn more about textiles and learn how to dye especially! Aside from a love of art, Annika enjoys hiking, video games, and spending time with friends and family!"