Rust Dyeing (Introductory to Intermediate Level) – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Rust Dyeing (Introductory to Intermediate Level)

Rust Dyeing (Introductory to Intermediate Level)
Date: May 11, 2024 (Saturday)
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Instructor: Josephine Clarke
Fee: $50 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $57.50 plus HST (Non-Members)

Did you know you can make unique designs on cloth with rusty objects? Have you ever looked at a rusty grate, or an old tire rim with intrigue? Then this class is for you!

Josephine will bring her rust collection, and students are welcome to bring any rusty

items of their own too. Bring a piece of clothing that you would like to revamp as long as

it is a natural fibre (Cotton, linen, wool, silk) and it is a neutral colour.

Students will learn how to transfer rust into cloth by stitching, typing, and weighing down

items. We will also use various catalysts to speed up the rusting. Material Fee: $20

Josephine Clarke is a multidisciplinary artist practicing in West Arichat, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her practice addresses themes of rurality, labour, and environmental stewardship. She primarily works in textiles, salvage, sculpture and installation. Land based activities that once influenced her rural upbringing now inform her practice. Her childhood was influenced by everyday acts of making and relating to the land. Being around people who hunted and fished, sewed, repaired and built things gave her practice a tactile and make-do nature.

Josephine makes use of things that often go overlooked. Through the use of natural dyes and pigments that she grows and forages, there is a deliberate connection to the land. Through the use of found objects from the ocean shores, she aims to communicate a sense of conflict.

Her art centers around three modes: Salvage, forage and grow. Salvaging and foraging are like two sides of the same coin. Salvaging shows the raw reality, while foraging and growing is an act of care, or even defiance.

After earning her Bachelor of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, she has completed artist’s residencies with the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, and ArtsUnite Canada, and the Joggins Fossil Cliffs Institute.

Josephine has exhibited her work at culture events in Atlantic Canada, such as Lumiere Art at Night Festival, and Third Shift Art at night Festival. Her works have been shown by arts organizations such as The New Brunswick Craft Council, and Visual Arts Nova Scotia.

Advance registration for members begins March 28

General registration for non-members begins April 15

(How to become a member with Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design)

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