FELT MEETS INDIGO MEETS ECOPRINT
OCTOBER 22-26, 2018 - PIA BEST & BETH MARX
Pia, renowned textile artist from Germany, and Beth, from California's Studio 907, have collaborated to teach this exciting workshop marrying felt with indigo and eco-printing. In this five day workshop you will be making a seamless nuno felted garment, like a poncho or top, out of white silk and white merino wool roving. You will then indigo dye and eco-print it as well as other textiles. You will go home with a beautiful, unique, completely handmade piece of indigo dyed, eco-printed felted clothing and more!
Come to sunny Southern California and experience the alchemy and beauty of marrying felt with indigo and eco-printing.
DAY ONE & TWO: Beth will teach you how to create a pattern resist from one of your own existing garments and to easily size it up to account for felting shrinkage using her "Easy Peasy Shrinkage Calculation" sheet which really makes the shrinkage calculations a no-brainer. You will learn how to felt on this sized up resist pattern to create a beautiful, drapeable, seamless nuno felted garment with no sewing at all.
DAYS THREE, FOUR & FIVE: Pia will show you the details of dyeing with indigo crystals, including making a vat and testing different fabric samples like wool, silk, cotton, linen and viscose jersey to see the different results and get a better understanding of how indigo works. After this introduction participants will dye the nuno felted garment they created in Day 1&2 as well as viscose jersey and other textiles, scarves from home, etc.
Next Pia will teach her technique of eco-printing using iron pipes in different variations to show how experimenting with different variables can change the result and to inspire trying new ways for an individual look. Pia will talk about different plants and their effects focusing on native and locally available plants. Additionally Pia will show different ways of designing pieces to find a well balanced design suited to the different purposes of the textile, like pre sewn garments, pre cut garment patterns, scarves or decorative textiles. You will be free to apply the techniques according to your individual interests.
Pia's daughter Marie will act as Pia's co-teacher to be able to respond to the
different levels of experience so that everyone can take new input and inspiration home with them.
MONDAY, OCT 22, 2018 THRU FRIDAY, OCT 26, 2018
9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
The workshop is located at the American Legion in Cypress, CA. The five day workshop is from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. The workshop is in a new, safe and beautifully pine tree lined industrial complex just seven miles from Disneyland; one mile from the Los Alamitos Horse Race Track; and eight miles from the ocean and the quaint seaside town of Seal Beach.
GETTING TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Cypress, California is a small city in northern Orange County in Southern California and is freeway close to several freeways. Long Beach (LGB) is the closest airport - 7 miles, Santa Ana/John Wayne (SNA) is 17 miles and LAX is 28 miles.
LODGING: There are many places to lodge nearby but below are listings less than a mile from the workshop:
Pia has worked as an independent and self-educated fashion designer and textile artist for over 20 years. For many years she has been experimenting with shibori techniques, felting, natural dyeing and ecoprinting with the goal to make wearable and long lasting garments. She is now sharing these techniques and inspiring others to experiment as well as to create their own style. Pia's specialty is the integration of design, felting, natural dying and chemical dyeing, ecoprinting, shibori and sewing. Pia lives near Schwerin, Germany. piabest.de
Pia's daughter Marie grew up in an artistic environment with Pia working in textile art and her father being a graphic designer which deeply connected her to creative work in different fields. She is living in Berlin where she is working in the film industry as an art director and set designer since 2004. Additionally she is accompanying Pia to co-teach and translate.
Beth is internationally known for designing and creating fashionable and sophisticated nuno felted wearables. Her felting process is organic mixing texture, textiles, color and pattern. She has taught extensively and has created the "Easy Peasy Calculation Sheet" to demystify the shrinkage calculations. Her felted wearables have walked the runway, are worn by theme park characters and are sold in high end boutiques and galleries. Beth lives in Long Beach, California. studio907.com