Fabric Design with Earth Pigments (Intermediate Level) – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Fabric Design with Earth Pigments (Intermediate Level)

Fabric Design with Earth Pigments (Intermediate Level)
Date: November 4, 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Instructor: Josephine Clarke
Fee: $60 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $69 plus HST (Non-Members)
Material Fee: $40 

Students will learn how to design fabric with earth pigments (clay, soil, minerals etc.) They choose from local or global clays. Instructor will provide clay from Prince Edward Island, as well as colourful earth pigments and clays from around the world like Cyprus green, vine black, and red or yellow ochre. Students will have the option to make a stencil, or make a linocut stamp, or go freehand. Students will have a cotton bandana and sample pieces of cotton to practice on.

Students will learn a brief history of the craft and learn how to make soymilk to prepare the pre-treatments for the cloth.

Josie will show students how to make natural paints with the soy milk and the earth pigments. If using a linocut stamp to block print, students will be taught how to map out their repeats in a grid.

Please note: Projects must be left to dry and set for at least one week, away from heat and sunlight before students can wash them. It is recommended to have a place to store projects until students can pick them up. Minimum students 5

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. She 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 August 21

General registration for non-members begins September 11

For more information on this program or to register, email tammy@capebretoncraft.com