This “Fire-Flora-Fiber” workshop provides an opportunity to explore and expand your knowledge of dyes derived from plants and insects on two mediums: clay and fiber. Fire-Flora-Fiber will introduce participants to the world of natural pigments and how to apply them to fiber and clay.
Visual Arts Workshop
Instructors: Kyla and Shane Sjogren
Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 10am-to 3:00pm
Tuition: $75 | Materials fee $15
This workshop provides an opportunity to explore and expand your knowledge of dyes derived from plants and insects on two mediums: clay and fiber. In “Fire-Flora-Fiber,” participants will be introduced to the world of natural pigments and how to apply them to fiber and clay.
Bisque porcelain test tiles and various fiber swatches will be provided for students to explore the effect of pigments on both. The Sjogrens will demonstrate how to achieve various colors on cloth and test tiles. If you are a ceramicist and want to explore the clay side of this class, please bring small porcelain bisque fired objects to the workshop.
Anyone with an interest in natural dyes, both fiber or ceramic artists will enjoy learning how to process natural dyes for use in their creations.
Kyla Sjogren is a textile designer strongly influenced by a blue-collar work ethic and the southern cotton fields surrounding her youth.
In 2011, she moved from Florida to Portland to document the viability of making sustainable wool garments in the Northwest region of the U.S. She integrated the process from start to finish: from raising sheep, processing wool, spinning and weaving, to natural dying and garment design. Kyla’s work to create a sustainable domestic textile and clothing production continues through collaborations with Northwest fashion designers, her work at Pendleton Woolen Mills and Columbia Sportswear, and teaching workshops in the Pacific Northwest. Kyla is a graduate of the Applied Craft and Design MFA program at the College of Art and Craft, and Pacific Northwest Collage of Art in Portland.
To see more of Kyla’s work, please visit her website
Shane Sjogren, whose ceramics are often on display in The Hoffman Gallery, says “my initial inspiration is to intensify an object’s aesthetic value. My ideas often start with natural objects surrounding me at the Oregon Coast. I challenge myself to create things I will never tire of contemplating. Throughout my process the inspirations continually transform freely. The resulting piece often serves a dual purpose of function and diversion; a wavy kelp leaf often curves perfectly around kitchen utensils.”