Indigo Dyeing with Nathan Somers - SOLD OUT!
Sunday, September 10 • 2-5pm • $45 per person
It's back - Indio's most popular class! Join Nathan Somers for an introduction to Japanese textiles and techniques. He'll demonstrate how to use Indigo dye to achieve varying depths of color from a single dye vat. Also learn to use a variety of patterning techniques and experiment with scrap materials before you tackle your actual pieces. Material for experimentation and 2 tea towels for a final project will be provided. You can bring up to 4 items that are light in color and made of cotton, linen, or silk to dye also. Wash items before bringing them to remove anything that might impede the dying process. Wear clothes that aren’t important or an apron as this process is messy.
Tarot Card Basics with Gina Wisotzky
Thursday, September 21 • 6-8pm • $20 per person
Learn the basics of Tarot with Gina Wisotzky in this hands-on, fun introductory class. Become familiar with the major & minor arcana, the four suits, and the court cards as well as methods and tips for reading the cards intuitively. Participants will learn how to read a traditional three card "past-present-future" spread through in-class exercises. Take home a handout that outlines the class and provides quick meanings for each card that will help with at home learning.
Boro and Sashiko Mending with Diana Cathcart
Sunday, October 8 • 2-4pm • $25 per person
In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of decorative stitching, sashiko, and a practical boro-style stitching, a visible mending technique. These trendy skills are useful for repairing clothes and textiles and for adding your own touch to old clothes and thrift store finds. Diana will walk through the basics on how to design and stitch a range of decorative sashiko patterns and how to use visible mending to repair clothing and linens. Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of jeans, an item of clothing, or a home textile to visibly mend during the workshop. Scrap material for practice will be provided as well as needles, thread and thimbles.
Macrame Wall Hanging with Diana Cathcart
Sunday, November 12 • 2-4pm • $35 per person
The art of macrame has been rejuvenated in recent years and with a fresh and modern twist. Diana is a fiber goddess and will teach you all you need to know to create a modern wall-hanging using various macrame techniques. Students will learn how to measure and cut cord to the appropriate length, tie-on to a circular frame, create square, lark's head, and hitch knots, and practice simple spacing techniques. You'll leave class with a wall hanging that you can use to decorate your home or gift to your crafty bff. All supplies provided.
OUR FABULOUS TEACHERS
Nathan Somers is an elementary school teacher and has been working with natural fibers and dyes for the past 8 years. His inspiration comes from antique Japanese indigo dyed fabrics and their extensive use of unusual fibers such as, wisteria, kudzu, ramie, nettle, and upland cotton. Nathan grows and forages many of these fibers and uses them to spin and weave.
Gina Wisotzky is a tarot reader and natural perfumer based in Durham, North Carolina. She has been reading tarot for fifteen years and loves sharing its inspiration and guidance with others. She offers warm and insightful readings in-person and online through her business, Incandescent Tarot that focuses on tarot as a tool for self-discovery and empowerment.
Diana Cathcart is the owner and designer behind The Textile Creative, LLC. She is a clothing and textile designer who avidly supports the ethical fashion community through her use of natural fiber materials and constant practice in natural dyeing. When she is not arm-deep in a newly fermented vat of indigo, Diana can be found teaching fiber arts to youth and adults in our community or selling her products at local markets. She lives in Durham with her husband, sons and a handful of furry friends.
River Takada-Capel has a life long love affair with all things textiles, handmade and vintage. Rooted in all her work is a reclaimed story, an element of preloved beauty. Starting at a young age, River discovered a passion for working with her hands, she started sewing on the machine in 3rd grade. Born in Tokyo Japan and raised in Carrboro, NC, River grew up with an appreciation for the constant change in nature, & the beauty of functional art. Now at 29-year-old, River is designing new products, and is a community advocate who turned her dream of creative and social practice into a passionate career. On most days, you'll find her in her studio, located in Durham, NC, designing her next collection, sewing, screen printing and dyeing fabric. When River is not working for her business, RIVTAK handmade- established in 2007, she is teaching fiber arts at community centers around the state. River loves to work with kids and adults, empowering folks by sharing the creative and vocational powers of sewing and other textile skills.
Anna Carson DeWitt is Durham-based portrait photographer, writer, doula and professor. Shealways imagines the children she photographs looking back on their pictures as adults, and seeing clearly how interesting and wonderful they were as kids, and how deeply they are loved. Recent adventures include traveling the islands of Southeast Alaska by ferry as an artist in residence at the Island Institute, and riding shotgun with a women's health humanitarian organization as a documentary photographer in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. You can check out her family photography at annacarsondewittphotography.com, and her personal creative shenanigans at annacarsondewitt.com.
Gillian Rose Galdy is a Durham native and floral designer. Gillian started growing flowers from seed to bloom on Sol Patch Farm, which led to her dedication to sourcing local and ethically grown blooms from the Piedmont area. With a background in fine art, she brings a trained eye and artists' creative passion to her floral design. As a printmaker, attention to meticulous detail, color and composition became habit; Gillian's training and practice crossed over to her love of arranging flowers. Gillian looks to each arrangement, bouquet and crown as their own work of art deserving of their own attention to detail and care. Gillian was trained in floral design by Stephanie Garrett, AIFD, NCCPF, CFD from 2013 to 2014. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Guilford College in 2010.
Brooke Heuts is the artist, textile designer, website designer and all around aesthetic genius behind Grey Goods Studio. She is been making art and working with textiles since the late 1990’s and received her BAD from NCSU’s College of Art + Design & her MFA in Fibers from ASU in the process. As a fine artist, her work examines the need for cloth, the substantial labor required in its making and most importantly, the resulting infinite bonds formed and shared by families and communities. When not making, you can find her cuddling Finnegan the coonhound & probably pruning tomato plants in the backyard garden. greygoodsstudio.com
Lindsay Perry crafts the healing potions of Full Flower Herbs from her home in Durham. Lindsay wildcrafts with a bias for abundant, weedy plants, and reverence for plant communities. She also sources herbs from her garden and local sustainable farmers, to create truly sustainable, high quality herbal medicine. She learned to make and use plant medicine through study with local and regional teachers, including Kim Calhoun and the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Lindsay is happiest tending her herb garden or filling a basket with wild medicinal flowers. Helping others find plant allies and deepen their connection to nature and Mama Earth are pretty wonderful too.
SOME PAST CLASSES
Intro to Loom Weaving
Ever wonder how tapestries are made? This class will take a peak into the magic world of weaving. In this intro to hand weaving class, students will use frame looms to create one of a kind tapestries. Students will learn how to wind their looms along with basic weaving stitches including plain weave and tapestry weave. We will explore how to create shapes within our weavings and how to use color to create dynamic effects. Students will learn how to take their weavings off the loom and hang them from wooden dowels. Beware, this ancient art is totally addicting! You will be able to take your loom so you can make weavings to your heart's content.
Modern Calligraphy 101
Join the handwriting craze by learning the basics of modern calligraphy. Radhika McDiarmid of Durham Made will introduce students to the tools necessary to start this addictive new activity. In the class you will get a feel for letter forms and learn some of the different strokes used in dip pen calligraphy. Bring your favorite quote in and at the end of class you can leave with it beautifully written on archival card stock.
Herbalism 101: Versatile Medicinal Herbs, Teas, and Tinctures
Join Lindsay of Full Flower Herbs to meet a few trusted and versatile herbal allies, including plants that offer support for stress and anxiety, allergies, inflammation, colds and other infections, digestive upset, and more. This class is designed to set you up with a basic foundation of knowledge about herbalism, a small working materia medica—basically your herbal repertoire—and the skills and resources to make your own teas and tinctures. Lindsay will demonstrate making a tea to enjoy during class, and we will craft a tincture using fresh medicinal herbs for each person to take home.