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DukeCreate Workshop: Indigo Dyeing


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About the workshop:

The focus of this workshop is on learning the fundamentals of how Indigo Dye Vat is made, best practices, materials needed, and demonstrations of creative surface design through the Japanese technique of Itajime Shibori, a shaped-resist technique. Traditionally, in this ancient tie-die technique, the cloth is sandwiched between two pieces of wood, which are held in place with string or rubber bands.

Participants are encouraged to bring 2-3 items, natural cellulose fibers: cotton, linen, and rayon, to dye or upcycle. You will be provided with sample fabrics to experiment with.

The following are supplied by the instructor in all Indigo Classes:
Clamps, resists, rubber bands, gloves and other studio supplies
Resource list for continuing indigo dyeing beyond the workshop!

About the instructor:

River Takada-Capel is a Durham based textile artist and freelance teacher.  River has a small batch production company under the name, RIVTAK, established in 2007, now selling hand crafted products in 12 independently owned shops.  Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Carrboro, NC, River grew up with an appreciation for the constant change in nature, and the beauty of functional art. River loves to work with kids and adults, empowering folks by sharing the creative and vocational powers of sewing and other textile skills. River is an arts and LGBTQ community advocate who turned her dream of creative and social practice into a passionate career. On most days, you'll find her in her studio, located at Golden Belt Artist Studios, designing, sewing, screen printing or outside dyeing fabric. When River is not working for her business, she is teaching fiber arts at community centers around the state. She has taught at The ArtsCenter, The Scrap Exchange, ArtSpace, The NC Museum of Art, Freeman’s Creative, NCSU Craft Center and many small private groups.


What is DukeCreate?

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are held weeknights 6-8pm. DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).

How much does the workshop cost?

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance at https://training.oit.duke.edu/dukecreate. Walk-ins will only be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Can staff attend DukeCreate workshops?

Duke students can reserve their spot in advance. Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available.

Where is the Arts Annex?

Our address is 404 Gattis St, Durham, NC 27701.

Can I take a bus there?

Yes! The Arts Annex is located on East Campus, off of bus routes (C1, C2 & CSW) that run along Campus Drive.


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Subjects: Indigo Dyeing



Status Archived
Date Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
Time 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location Arts Annex
Leader River Takada-Capel
Enrolled 15 of 17