This course is now full. Registration for the next session will open in May 2021.
This course commences January 18, 2021 - but you are free to set your own timeline.
Learn to build a range of indigo vats including organic vats made with fruits, the iron vat, and vats made with plants. Learn a wealth of introductory and advanced shaped resist techniques on silk, linen, and cotton. Learn how to handle materials in the dye vat to get the most from indigo.
In this workshop students will be taken, step-by-step, through the process of making a number of indigo vats, including three organic "fruit vats." Students will learn not only how to make a vat but also how to maintain it, revive it, and put it to bed. The different vats will be explored through the use of many forms of shaped resist - including bound, clamp and stitch resist. An astonishing array of patterning is possible through these techniques. Students will learn how to adjust vats for different fibre types and conditions.
- Over 40 detailed instructional videos.
- All shaped resist techniques shown with clear, step by step instructions.
- Works taken from blank cloth to finished peice so you can see the entire process.
- An in-depth explanation of the chemistry of indigo extraction and indigo vats so you can learn how and why they work.
- Discover why indigo is the worlds most magical dye.
What do I need for this workshop?
We have prepared a kit especially for this workshop that may be purchased by enrolled students at a discounted kit rate. There are 100 of these kits available for opening day. Students will receive purchase instructions once enrolled (these kits are not available to the public).
Alternatively, students may source their own indigo, fabrics and yarns — either locally or from their favourite supplier. Students who already have a well-stocked studio can fill any gaps by purchasing locally or through maiwa.com.
See the Supply List below for full details.
What is the cancellation policy?
See also our Frequently Asked Questions.