A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking part in an Indigo Dye Workshop at The Den Studio in Ucluelet. I had never dyed with indigo and I was so excited to learn a new skill. I've only ever tie-dyed in the past, either as a kid or and adult making costumes or something of the sort. This process was completely different and a lot more skill based than any dyeing I had ever done and I'm so excited to continue trying to make different things in the future.
The Den Studio is an art studio, community space and shop located on Cedar Road in Ucluelet, BC. It recently opened this past summer and if you haven't checked it out yet I would highly recommend it. The space is intended for artists and creative people to come together and create. It also functions as a community space where they host workshops and events. Check out their space, website and Instagram: @theden.studio to find out more. After this past workshop, I am already getting excited for their November workshops where they will be offering a Macrame workshop, which I can't wait for!
The Indigo workshop was a three hour evening where we learned about traditional Shibori and Itajime techniques for dying with indigo. We learned how different tools could make different patterns and designs and were sent home with our own 2 metre piece of dyed organic cotton. Diane Rudge was the host and teacher of the event, an artist inspired by all things West Coast who works with indigo, macrame, weaving and so much more. Check out her Instagram: @dianerudge to see some of her wonderful creations.
For my piece I was inspired by a few techniques that Diane showed us and how to accomplish them. I folded my piece of fabric in an accordion fold to get symmetry in the centre of my fabric and used clothes pins to get the rectangular shapes. My next step was to use dried chickpeas wrapped with elastic bands to get my sort of circle/square objects interspersed on either side of the rectangular shapes. Finally on the ends of my fabric I tied it up to get some more pieces that were left un-dyed, creating more white space to even out the amount of blue I had throughout. Next time I try dyeing I think I will try a different technique we learned, however, I was so happy with how unique and interesting my own piece was. I still haven't decided what I will end up doing with it. I'm considering either curtains, a scarf, a tablecloth or napkins, guess I have to just dye some more so I don't have to decide on just one!