In this workshop, participants will explore the extensive worlds of indigo, hand-stitching, and quilt-making. In the first part of the workshop, participants will learn to dye natural material in a plant-derived indigo vat and learn basic shibori techniques for pattern making. Participants will then learn introductory hand piecing techniques for creating a mini log-cabin quilt, and hand-quilting and stitching techniques to add visual interest. We will then combine their dyed fabric with naturally dyed fabric provided by me to create a hand-dyed, hand-pieced wall-hanging. All levels are welcome!
Materials provided by instructor:
- cotton fabric for dyeing
- scraps of naturally dyed material for adding color
- indigo vats and all related materials
- quilting and sashiko thread, and assorted materials
Instructor: Aaron Sanders Head
About the Instructor:
Aaron Sanders Head is a curator, critic, and visual artist based in Alabama. He has worked for The Arts Company as Gallery Associate, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment as Gallery Coordinator/Curator, and the Kentuck Museum Association as Artist Liaison. His curatorial work focuses on presenting honest depictions of the complex southern cultural climate through the lens of its artists, while his personal work investigates, restores, and reinterprets historical textile practices, with a focus on natural dyes, hand-mending, and hand-stitching.