Learn to Paint Fabric with Earth Pigments: Mud, Clay, and Soil

Instructor: Josephine Clarke

In this course, participants will have the opportunity to connect with nature and create a hand-dyed bandana with a unique design in rich, earthy colours sourced from the Bay of Fundy and from around the world.

May 21-22 2022

Day 1:
12:30-5:00pm (participants expected to eat lunch prior to arrival)

Day 2:
10:00am – 3:00pm (30 minute window for lunch)

For Beginners to Textile Dyeing

Course Fee: $ 200
Materials Fee: $25 (payable to the instructor on the first day of the course)
Class Capacity: 12


On the first day, after Clarke shares a brief history of the craft, participants will make soymilk to prepare the pre-treatments for the cloth. Then, participants will design their dye patterns by marking grids on the bandanas and formulating different designs in pencil with worksheets and guidance from the instructor.

On the second day, the cloth will be pre-treated and designs finalized. Participants will be provided with paintbrushes to hand-apply the earth pigments to the cloth in their chosen design.
There will be a 30 minute break for lunch (second day only).

Please note: Participants will take home their treated fabrics after the course. Protein-fixed earth pigments need to set and cure for at least one week before they can be washed. If this is not possible for any students, they should discuss options with the instructor.

About the Instructor

“I am a textile artist practicing in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada. I explore the use and tradition of botanical dyes, earth pigments, and rust. During my childhood in the Robson valley in BC, I was surrounded by people who made things in their daily lives. I accredit my creative style as an artist to growing up in a community that fished, hunted, gardened, sewed, and made music.

After earning my Bachelor of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, I was accepted as an artist in residence with the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. I took a chance, and moved to the east coast to the beautiful island of Cape Breton, and I have been practicing as an artist ever since.  Im proud of my small studio by the Atlantic Ocean.

I operate my business at the Customs House Artisan Incubator, and teach classes for various community organizations and events. I have taught classes for the Cape Breton centre for Craft and Design, The New Dawn Centre for Innovation, and the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival. I have exhibited her work at culture events in Atlantic Canada, such as Celtic Colours International Music Festival, and Lumiere Art at Night Festival.”

Website: https://josephineclarketextiles.com/

Register here: https://www.parrsborocreative.com/cultural-campus/course-calendar/earth-dyeing-textiles-josephine-clarke
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Contact for questions: director@parrsborocreative.com or 902-728-2007