THE ALCHEMY OF RUST
Use rusty objects, plant-based dyes, and hand stitchwork to transform textiles into beautiful household items and wearables.
Instructor: Samantha Verrone
In this class, we will explore the power of rust to create patterns on fabric and modify the colors of tannin-rich plant dyes. We'll experiment with wrapping different kinds of rusty objects and explore the beautiful and dramatic ways rust works with different plants and textiles. We’ll make dye baths from food waste like avocado and onion skins, black tea and coffee, and forage for local plants like sea lavender and rugosa rose petals to bundle dye. We’ll also experiment with seaweed and seawater.
During this time of exploration and experimentation we will be driven by curiosity, and embrace all that natural dyeing has to teach us about getting comfortable with uncertainty, being open-minded about the unknown, willing to accept imperfection, and using it to innovate. Once we have our one-of-a-kind textiles, we will turn our attention to creating items through the meditative process of hand stitching.
Materials fee: $25.00
We will have an assortment of rusty objects, fabric panels, vintage remnants, and sewing materials for you to experiment with. We also encourage you to bring any of your own items that you would like to use or transform.
There will also be the opportunity to explore nearby sources for vintage textiles and discarded items made of iron.
Working out of her studio, Samantha Verrone Textiles in New York, Samantha Verrone produces one-of-a-kind and short-run home furnishings and accessories that merge contemporary with traditional design. She is inspired by ancient and newer quilting traditions as well as the challenge of finding creative uses for abandoned things.