Natural Dye Workshop with Alisa Benfey 7/27
Date/Time : July 27th Saturday 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Did you know that an avocado pit can create a beautiful pink color dye? Or that purple onion skins can reveal a deep green color?
These are things you can learn when you join us for a kusaki-zome natural dye workshop led by textile designer, Alisa Benfey, where students will be instructed on the basics of natural dye and walk away with the skills to create beautiful textile pieces at home.
Born and raised in Tokyo Japan, Alisa Benfey moved to the United States as a high school student, earned a BFA in graphic design at CalArts and MFA in textile design at Tama Art University in Tokyo. She currently resides in Los Angeles. While she continues to be a freelance textile designer and teaches workshops around Los Angeles, Alisa is also a Merchandise Associate for Tortoise General Store.
Participants of this kusaki-zome workshop will learn how to create their own natural dyes from fruit and vegetables, then apply them to fabric through various steps.
Alisa will also instruct students on traditional shibori dye techniques to create patterns using rope and clamps. Students can expect to take home 3 completed pieces - one tenugui fabric, one hemp fabric and one cotton furoshiki - with a choice of 4 different dyes. Tenugui and furoshiki are both multi-functional fabrics so students will also learn special furoshiki folding techniques during the class.
This workshop will be 3 hours long and will take place outside. Students should wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Please also bring a hand towel to wipe your hands.
The class is limited to a maximum of 8 students and minimum of 5 students. Classes are non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be rescheduled. If the number of participants does not reach 5 students, the class will be cancelled and class fees will be refunded.
No minimum age to participate, and no minimum skill in natural dye is required.
About Alisa Benfey:
Alisa Benfey is a graphic / textile designer.
Born in Tokyo, Japan.
BFA in graphic design from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) 2005
MFA in textile design from Tama Art University 2010
Currently living and working in Los Angeles