This course will focus on the process and skill of dyeing and printing with natural dyes and plants. Students will be exposed to and apply a broad range of printing and dyeing techniques, like stamping, screen printing, resistant dyeing etc. Additionally, students will harvest plants that have been previously, and locally, planted, forage for natural materials in the city, at large, and learn how to use these resources to dye in various ways. Students will learn about natural textiles, their socio/economic history, origins, and current system of manufacturing, and knowledge of the historical and cultural significance of certain natural dyes and textiles.
Course Flow: Students are expected to meet each week during our Synchronous Zoom sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10pm-2:40pm. All course assignments, workshop tutorials, readings and films will be posted on Canvas (New School's learning management platform). Each week a module will outline the class activities for synchronous meetings and asynchronous work (homework).
- Acquire textile design skills
- Through handcrafting, learn about the innate quality of materials
- Examine the lifecycle of plants and materials
- Understand how material production is the fabric of larger systems
- Explore bioregional textile production
- Study the provenance of materials, their life cycle and waste impact
Requirements for a successful completion of the course:
- Research Project: Development of a field guide and dye manual that documents research.
- Making Project: Demonstration of circular design through a repurposing proposal.
- Community Textile Project: Development of a community outreach project using textiles.