Benibana-zome: Japanese Safflower Dyeing

Teacher: Tyler Peterson | Date: Sat, 09.07 , 10am-3pm | Location: SE Division Studio
Tuition: $165 | Materials: $25

Safflower (benibana), is grown and used as a dye plant all over the world, but has a particularly long and rich history in Japan. More info...

Considered one of the oldest cultivated crops, Safflower has colored Japanese culture for centuries - used to achieve pigments for everything from woodblock prints and textiles to cosmetics and food - the beauty and applications of Safflower are often alluded to in Japanese song, poetry and pop culture. In this one-day workshop we will take a deep dive into the history, cultivation, uses, and unique dyeing process centered around this amazing plant. 

Textile artist and educator Tyler Peterson will guide the class through the intensive and unique process used to coax a wide range of colors from safflower - yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks - all without a mordant! Students will leave with a wealth of sample swatches in addition to a dyed silk scarf and cotton bandana.

No previous experience necessary. This workshop is open to anyone 18 years old & over who meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria for Studio Workshops. All participants must accept the inherent risks of participating in a Studio Workshop and agree to sign a liability waiver. This waiver describes in more detail the risks you assume by participating in a Studio Workshop. PLEASE carefully review it!

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