Welcome to my backyard farm and studio! We'll be making tote bags and bandana scarves using a traditional indigo dye bath. You will learn shibori techniques in order to create patterns on your naturally dyed indigo pieces. I'll walk you through the process of how indigo works, its history, as well as various applications as a dye, and you will leave with some one of a kind items made by you! You will get to make both a scarf and a tote bag to take home with you. We'll start by sipping some tea and talking about your options in terms of methodologies and techniques and then I will assist as you create your own items. You'll also get to feed treats to my three goats Fiona, Ferdinand, and Felicity (and babies come springtime). They love attention and head scratches! If you are not seeing the day / time you are looking for please feel free to message me to inquire about adding a slot for you.
I hold an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and my work has been shown internationally. I focus on the intersection of art and craft, my primary mediums are fibers, glass, and clay. I also co-founded a local co-op gallery which recently opened called Carnation Contemporary (www.carnationcontemporary.com), and have a dynamic studio practice of my own: www.carolynhopkins.com
Tea and coffee
Dye baths and fabric. Please wear clothes you don't mind spilling dye on, as well comfortable shoes.
This workshop is located in my personal studio on my backyard farm at the edge of Portland and the Columbia river gorge. This half acre not-so-urban farm features goats and old growth firs. My studio is an active space where I make sculptures and dyed items. Often you will get to see some of my work in progress. Come join me at my special little homestead!
Backyard Farm Indigo & Shibori