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Weaving Water: Monthly Fiber & Indigo Workshop
Saturday, March 26 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This Month’s Workshop: Make and Take Indigo Vat and Shibori Techniques with Judy Saye-Willis
Make and take an indigo vat to use at home! Judy Saye-Willis is a fiber artist based in Northfield and grows Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria), an annual indigo plant that can be cut and harvested multiple times in a season. Judy extracts indigo pigment from fresh leaves and sukomo (composted) leaves to use in her artwork. Come learn about the chemistry of indigo and how to build, use and care for an organic, non-toxic indigo vat. Learn more about Judy’s natural dye journeys on her website.
Judy will demonstrate a variety of shibori techniques for us to practice while we wait for the indigo vats to reduce and become ready color cloth! (Click on the link to preview the techniques). MWMO artist-in-residence Sarah Nassif met Judy last summer during an indigo harvest and will be helping Judy with the workshop activities. Please wear clothes that can get stained/dirty. We have aprons and rubber gloves, but feel free to bring your own.Register Here
Looking Ahead to Next Month
Saturday, April 23 at 10 am – Noon
Weaving Water welcomes Minneapolis based artist Emily Donovan on Earth Day! Emily will share about indigo traditions from around the world and we will play with wax resist techniques. Registration is open through the link above.
About Weaving Water
Weaving Water engages the public in community building through craft and connection with water. Artist and botanist Sarah Nassif brings community members into conversation with the Mississippi River watershed and each other through a series of hands-on fiber art workshops that will pose the question, “Where am I within the system?” Nassif facilitates creatives experiences that for people to consider complex systems while working with their hands.
About Sarah Nassif
Sarah Nassif is a self-taught social-practice artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her B.S. in Botany from the University of Washington in 1997 and worked in environmental education, urban forestry, and data analysis before becoming an artist. In her community-engaged art projects, Sarah Nassif connects people, plants, and place through sensory exploration of natural and human-built environments, hands-on skills practice, and person-to-person sharing.