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June 6, 2013

Workshops on color, fiber dyeing June 15 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods

You can learn to color your world and your yarn a little brighter on June 15 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, is offering two classes: Color Basics and Harmonies and Dyeing Animal and Protein Fibers: Acid Dyes.

The first session runs from 9 a.m. to noon and the second from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants may reserve a spot for lunch at noon at no additional cost. Cost is $65 per session or $100 for both. Both classes will take place at White Violet Center. Pre-registration is required.

Instructor Robin Edmundson is an award-winning fiber artist specializing in color. She has extensive experience teaching and lecturing on spinning, weaving, dyeing, color theory and creativity. She was a recipient of an Indiana Artist Grant by the Indiana Arts Commission, and her work has been featured in many fiber arts exhibitions and fine art/craft shows.

In the morning class, Color Basics and Harmonies, Edmundson will lead participants through a world of color, from basic color theory to color tools and color combinations. Participants will build their own color notebooks and have an opportunity to test out their color combinations on others.

“The morning is a really friendly color theory class,” said Candace Minster, fiber projects coordinator for White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. “The instructor makes it interesting and makes it very approachable for anyone. It helps you to look at color differently and to approach color differently.”

Minster says the workshop can benefit anyone who works with or loves color, from artists to interior designers to landscapers and gardeners to fiber arts enthusiasts. She said past participants who were formally trained in color theory have told her they appreciated the class’s unique and refreshing approach.

The afternoon session is geared toward animal fiber enthusiasts: breeders, knitters, spinners and weavers. Participants who attended the morning session can put their learning into practice dyeing their own protein fibers, be it wool, mohair, alpaca or silk. Participants can bring fiber in any state, from roving to yarn to a finished scarf.

White Violet Center will have alpaca yarn and roving available to participants at a discount should they choose to purchase it for dyeing.

“There are not a lot of opportunities like this where you can bring yarn and have a whole pallet of colors available to choose from. For someone interested in dyeing their own fiber but not yet sure about investing in a whole set of dyes, this can be a cost-effective way to play with color and try it out,” Minster said. “The classes are just fun. They really are. Robin Edmundson is a master colorist. Her ability to put color together is really astounding, and she is a supportive, easy going instructor who puts participants at ease.”

For more information or to register, contact Robyn Morton at 812-535-2932 or rmorton@spsmw.org or visit www.WhiteViolet.org.

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