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 Michel Garcia and Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada in Lauris, Provence, France. Video still from Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia, Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods, 2011 

Michel Garcia in his studio in Lauris, Provence, France. Video still from Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia, Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods, 2011
Michel Garcia in his studio in Lauris, Provence, France. Video still from Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia, Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods, 2011

Michel Garcia and Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada in Lauris, Provence, France. Video still from Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia, Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods, 2011

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Michel Garcia in his studio in Lauris, Provence, France. Video still from Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia, Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods, 2011

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Michel Garcia in his studio in Lauris, Provence, France. Video still from Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia, Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods, 2011
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Natural Dye Workshops offered by Slow Fiber Studios with artist, author, curator, textile researcher Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist Michel Garcia

September 11, 2012–September 17, 2012 at FWM


Demystifying natural dyes and dyeing process and opening up a whole new world of possibility, botanist-chemist Michel Garcia takes us on a wondrous journey, sharing his keen insight as one of the leading natural dye experts of the world. Please join Natural Dye Workshop offered by Slow Fiber Studios with Michel Garcia and Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada for a series of workshops, lectures, and seminar hosted by The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM).

Michel Garcia offers a rare glimpse into what makes plants tick. Participants of his natural dye workshops learn updated versions of traditional dye methods – once laborious and polluting – now revised into simpler, safer modern recipes sensitive to issues of sustainability. Garcia is a botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist. He is the founder of Couleur Garance (1998) in Lauris, France, and established Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) in 2000 as a horticultural resource for chemists, natural dye researchers, and botanists. He has been instrumental in revitalizing the natural dye scene in France and abroad. Garcia’s efforts have been pivotal to cultivating a greater understanding of natural dye history and teaching more sustainable adaptations for current practice. http://naturaldyeworkshop.com/about/ .

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, author, curator, textile researcher and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. A longtime advocate and spearhead of ethical production of textiles and handicrafts, Wada founded the Slow Fiber Studio ™ (est. 2008), which promotes culturally and socially responsible textile-making practices. She is also President of the World Shibori Network (est. 1992). Wada was named a 2010 Distinguished Craft Educator – Master of Medium by the James Renwick Alliance. She was awarded the Japan Foundation Fellowship (1979 & 1996) wherein the first research yielded the definitive publication, Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing (fourteenth printing, 2008), and led to her second shibori publication, Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now (fifth printing, 2008). Other recognition includes: the Indo-US Sub commission for Education and Culture (1983) at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and the Renwick Fellowship (1992) at the Smithsonian Institution. Wada served as co-chair of the recent 8th International Shibori Symposium 2011 (ISS) in Hong Kong, a role she has performed for all previous ISS (France ‘08; Tokyo, Japan ’05; UK ’02; Australia ’04; Chile ’99; India ’96; Nagoya, Japan ’92). In 2010, Wada was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Textile and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Since 1992, she has been a lecturer at Okinawa Prefectural University of Fine Arts, and recently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Japanese Studies, University of California at Berkeley. Wada has been a member of FWM's Artist Advisory Committee for over 30 years. http://www.yoshikowada.com/


Natural Dye Workshops, Lectures, and Seminar

September 11th, 12th, and 13th (Tuesday through Thursday)
Learn sustainable methods including new methods for an organic indigo vat and dyeing for polychromatic effects with Michel Garcia.
Three-day Workshop 1: Provençal Prints & Organic Indigo Vat on Cotton
10:30am-4pm (one-hour break for lunch)
$350 (plus $40 material fee pay in class), price includes Tuesday’s lecture: Colors in Nature with Cellulosic Fibers
Registration required (reference registration and payment information below*)

September 11th (Tuesday)
Lecture 1: Colors in Nature with Cellulosic Fibers by Michel Garcia
4pm-5pm
$10 (no charge for Workshop 1 participants)
Open to the public (reference payment information below*)

September 14th (Friday)
Visit Winterthur Museum, a premier museum of American decorative art in Delaware, with Michel Garcia to view historical prints on cotton from Europe, India, and USA.
Seminar 1: Historical Prints and Garden
Cost $25
Open to the public (reference payment information below*)

September 16th and 17th (Sunday through Monday)
Learn sustainable methods including organic indigo vat, Maya blue pigment making, three different mordanting recipes, polychromatic effects with cochineal reds, yellows, purples, peach, browns, and black with Michel Garcia.
Two-day Workshop 2: Colors of Americas, Dyeing on Wool
10:30am-4pm (one-hour break for lunch)
$250 (plus $30 material fee pay in class), price includes Sunday’s lecture: Colors in Nature with Animals Fibers by Michel Garcia
Registration required (reference registration and payment information below*)

September 16th (Sunday)
Lecture 2: Colors in Nature with Animals Fibers by Michel Garcia
4pm-5pm
$10 (no charge for Workshop 2 participants)
Open to the public (reference payment information below*)

*For registration and payment details, please visit Natural Dye Workshop’s (an affiliate program of Slow Fiber Studios) website at http://slowfiberstudios.com/natural-dye-workshops/  and reference the “To Register” for this information.