Last Saturday, some friends and I went to an all day class at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. One participant was my daughter Jessica, who graduated from OCAC with a BFA in metals 11 years ago. She is however very proficient with textiles as well. The class was a gift from my father and her grandfather, who is a witty, engaged, art appreciator, 88 years young. Judilee Fitzhugh taught this class to about 8 people interested in ONE POT NATURAL DYEING. It was a very practical class, and we all learned a great deal. We used three mordants and three dyes that Judilee had judged would be quick to strike color. We used copper, iron and alum to mordant various silks and hemp swatches, and also some silk thread. After we had our fabric prepared, we used logwood, cochineal and onion skins to color our samples. The photos show the steps in the process and also the finished products.
The other attendees to this class were really inspiring too, as each has an art sensibility and pursues it with a passion.