Stitched-Resist Dyeing with Plant Dye Extracts: an ecological conjunction of intention and chance

Classes & Workshops available include tuition, food & accommodation with private bedroom. Workshops for seven days, arrival and departure making it nine days.

This 7-day workshop-- open to “slow” textile lovers, artists, stitchers, dyers and makers at all levels of experience—will focus on methods of mark making on cloth through the process of hand stitching and binding. This process, referred to as “shaped-resist dyeing” (also called shibori) is one of the oldest known ways of patterning cloth. Shaping cloth by hand stitching, and then holding it in shape by binding while it’s being dyed, produces a limitless array of organic and mysterious markings that are informed by intention and effort, and by the dynamics of the unseen world of the dye pot. By learning basic techniques and creating small samples on natural fiber fabrics, we open ourselves to seeing that this traditional process continues to inspire new ways to generate patterns on cloth. Being in the exquisite natural environment of BAF underscores our thinking about the environmental impact of our actions in our studio practices. The class will focus on dyeing our bound textile samples with plant dye extracts which are organically and sustainably produced. Mordanting methods, which allow plant dye extracts to permanently bond with textile fibers, will be taught. An organic indigo vat will be on hand. Having had a fellowship at BAF in 2017, Joan knows the importance of taking in the inspiring rural and coastal landscape of the Ballycastle area.  We’ll make sure to visit some of the natural wonders of the area to feed our creativity and inspire our mark making.

This Workshop takes place from the 2nd - 10th August 2019. The cost is $1,750 which includes tuition, shared cottage with private bedroom for 8 nights, lunch/dinner/dessert/tea/coffee, collection/delivery to the bus/train stations in Ballina, full use of the Ballinglen Library & facilities 24/7. Participants arrive on the 2nd and depart on the 10th (The workshop is for seven days with arrival and departure day making it nine days). Please contact Una Forde on for availability and booking form.

Joan Morris has been making shaped-resist dyed textiles for more than thirty-five years. Her textile works of art are in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Museum of art at RISD and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, among others. She has taught shaped-resist dyeing to children in New England, and to adults in the United States, Canada and Europe. Joan’s career as a master-dyer for theatre has spanned more than thirty years. She has worked in the Department of Theatre at Dartmouth College since 1985, creating the textiles for over 100 productions there. In 1996 she designed the shaped-resist textiles for the Broadway production of The Lion King, and has been fabricating them for Lion King worldwide since then. She and fellow artist Michele Ratté developed and patented a permanent textile printing process that allows for a washable deposition of precious metals on fabric. Her current studio practice merges shaped-resist dyeing with printmaking. 


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02 to 10 August 2019


Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo

Further Information

Una Forde
+353 (0) 96 43184

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