A Touch of Blue – Dyeing with Indigo
Indigo-Dyed Napkins Workshop (offered in June, July and August)
Charged by your surroundings, awaken your creativity and make community connections with PEC artists Andrea Pillar & Bear Epp. How can you resist? Discover the magical process of the ancient craft of indigo dying. Using a process of paintable clay resist and indigo, design and create your own set of four organic cotton napkins using a natural dye bath derived from plants to create a soft indigo finish. Set your table anew with a touch of blue. An art experience made from and inspired by the County. No prior indigo dye experience is necessary. Ages 16+
The Workshop fee includes the following:
4 organic cotton napkins 19” x 19”
Dye vats & clay resist
Pattern handouts for inspiration
About Andrea Piller
Visual artist Andrea Piller has been making sculptural hand-built ceramics for more than forty years. Her works are investigations of natural forms that evoke a primitive quality, aiming to synthesize the organic world and human experience. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and she has been the recipient of numerous art awards and Ontario Arts Council grants. As an artist educator and community arts facilitator, Andrea shares her enthusiasm and knowledge of visual arts and creative fluency. “I try to imbue what I believe is essential in all of us, that which connects us to the world; courage to create on a personal level and challenge the imagination. Finding this is often a life journey. Sharing this is a joy.”
About Bear Epp
With a background in Craft & Design from Sheridan, Niagara College, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Harbourfront Centre Craft Studios, Bear Epp has worked in the creative industry for over three decades as an artist, arts programmer, teacher and creative director. As an artist, she has exhibited in Canada and internationally and has commissioned work held in the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Dedicated to building community through creative exchange, Bear facilitates artist workshops and retreats throughout Ontario as well as focuses on her own studio practice creating contemporary folk hand-hooked rugs inspired by her Mennonite heritage and lived experience.