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Natural dye workshop with cocoon-silk

October 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Explore the ways cocoon-silk textiles connect us with Madagascar conservation and poverty alleviation.

Designer, artist, educator and native Oregonian, Julie Beeler (www.bloomanddye.com), will teach a one-evening workshop to illustrate the use of natural dyes using 2 types of unique cocoon silks made in Madagascar. Each student will receive 6 samples of Ceranchia silk weave and 6 samples of Borocera silk. The Ceranchia cocoons were collected from a high elevation, second growth habitat and the Boroceracocoons from a lowland, rainy site. Hence, they protect developing insects in very different types of habitats and the properties of the silk differ. Students will have a chance to dye the 2 types of silks 6 different colors and experiment with adding iron to the dye-posts as well as over dyeing. You will have the opportunity to purchase additional sheets of cocoon silk in A4 size pieces to continue your experiments and artwork at home!

OrganizerSyclvan Dyers Circle Of Portland And Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation:
CPALI (www.cpali.org) and SEPALI Madagascar (www.sepalim.org) have developed a program that meshes tropical forest and silk moth conservation with the production of a unique textile, cocoon silk. Our goal is to create new means of income generation for poor, subsistence farmers that live in areas of great biological value. No-kill silks value and support the maintenance of local biodiversity and their sale in niche markets of high-income countries result in financial support for farmer and artisan families. All sales returns are reinvested in the SEPALIM program. No-kill cocoon textiles can be beautifully dyed using a variety of resist dye techniques and natural dyes.

The workshop will be held at Wildcraft Studio School, 601 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214 on October 3 6PM-9PM.


October 3, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Conservation through Poverty Alleviation
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WildCraft Studio School
601 SE Hawthorne Blvd.,
Portland, OR 97214 US

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