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The Art of Indigo

June 16, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Alta Lake Station House
5560 Old Mill Ln
Whistler, BC V0N 1B5
Arts Whistler

The Art of Indigo

DATE: 2-day Workshop, June 16-17, 2018
TIME: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
AGE: 16+

$200 Arts Whistler Member  + $75 Supplies
$225  Non-Member + $75 Supplies

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Workshop Details

At this indigo dye workshop, students will be introduced to natural indigo dye including how to set up a natural dye vat and prepare fabric for the process of dyeing. Working with different folding, clamping, and tying techniques, students will create unique patterns various pieces of 100% cotton. Students will be given a large summer scarf, a piece of yardage that can be used as a simple beach throw or sewn into anything they’d like, as well as their choice of a cotton tote bag or throw pillow cover. On top of this students should bring an item of their own that they would like to dye.

Students get to feel the excitement of removing and unfolding their work to see the patterns they’ve created. Leaving the program students will have several pieces of finished indigo textiles, the confidence to set up a basic dye vat, and the skills to create their own projects.

No artistic skill required, all ability levels can enjoy this workshop as long as they’re happy getting a little messy.

Instructor Bio 

Kim Maitland has been practicing art her whole life, a graphic designer by trade, she has been working with and selling naturally dyed indigo products under the name Salt & Snow. Through much trial and error and personal research, she has developed a system to make dyeing indigo a fun and rewarding experience for participants. Suitable for all ability levels, this is a fun introductory project for perfectionists and messy artists alike. What you make is entirely up to you. The items made in this workshop are perfect for warm summer weather and lunch break at the beach.

Check out the instructor’s work saltandsnow.ca


Most workshop supplies provided –  please see additional supply list below.

Students are to bring:

  • long rubber dish-washing gloves
  • apron or work clothes
  • Students should bring one other piece to dye. Only natural fibres will accept the dye (cotton, linen, hemp, or silk) Suitable size pieces are: pillowcase set, t-shirt, dress, napkin set, apron, or similar. 

How to get there

The Alta Lake Station House is located 4kms south of Whistler Village and is accessible by car, bike, or foot. Parking is at Wayside Park. It is approximately a 15-minute walk to the location along the Valley Trail. Please allow yourself time, especially if you are bringing a lot of art supplies. Also, bring your own lunch and snacks, the Alta Lake Station House is not close to any restaurants or grocery stores. The venue is equipped with a full-service kitchen, complete with stove and refrigerator.

What is Art On The Lake?

Art on the Lake is unique workshops lead by professional artists who will teach techniques to enhance your craft. The Alta Lake Station House is a tranquil space, where you can be fully present among your peers as you immerse into creativity. The scenic views of the lake make for the perfect artist getaway. Whether you are experienced or just beginning these workshops welcome everyone.

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