Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Scouring + Mordanting 101

This week, we’ve got video from our live FEEDBACK FRIDAY featuring scouring and mordanting. This week Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori and our Lead Production Dyer Carrie Gunnersen gave us the 101 on how to get color on our favorite fibers.

Here’s the link for the Zoom recording.

Kathy and Carrie took us through the very important basics of getting fibers clean (scouring) and ready for natural dyes (mordanting). As there are different processes for plant-based fibers and animal-based fibers, Kathy and Carrie walked us through both.

Look to our How-to Scour and How-To Mordant pages as well as our new round-up of mordanting and scouring questions YOU asked that Kathy answered.

Shop all mordants, color changers and assists here.

NEXT WEEK…the launch of an Indigo Shade Map with the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative.

The Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative brings together multiple agencies, including the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as artists and designers to explore the cultural and economic impacts of growing, processing and using natural dyes in the greater Baltimore region. As part one in a 3-part series, we’ll take a look at a newly created Indigo Shade Map, an evolving online, interactive site that maps the locations, histories, and cultures of indigo plants, developed by Rosa Chang and a group of MICA students.

Other independent projects that have been part of this initiative include a dye garden and alternative color lab in Baltimore, as well as an art and performance project that looks at the connections between West African indigo traditions and communities in Baltimore. This first conversation focusing on The Indigo Shade Map, introduces the work at MICA that has served as a container for these projects, and focuses on the development of the map as part of a class called “Natural Dye as Intercultural Connector.” Rosa Chang will be joined by MICA Fiber Department Faculty Valeska Populoh and student researchers.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you again!