The Central Collective

923 N. Central St. Knoxville, TN


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Introduction to Indigo and Shibori Dyeing with Aaron Head

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  • Learn basics of shibori resist dyeing, with a concentration on folded, tied and clamped resist.
  • Learn the terminology of shibori and indigo dyeing.
  • Learn to dye natural fiber goods in a plant derived indigo vat.
  • 2 scarf-sized pieces of linen and small cotton tote will be provided.
  • Feel free to bring your own goods to dye, but please avoid bulky pieces (towels, jackets, bedding etc.). Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept the color the best. Pre-wash in hot water before the workshop.
  • If time and materials allow, more experimental dyeing (paper, yarn, hair) can be done at the end of the workshop.
  • Wear old clothing that can be stained. The dye will splash.


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Aaron Sanders Head is a curator, critic, and visual artist based in Nashville, TN. He has worked for The Arts Company as Gallery Associate, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment as Gallery Coordinator/Curator, and the Kentuck Museum Association as Artist Liaison and has traveled to teach workshops throughout the Southeast. His art practice investigates, restores, and reinterprets historical textile practices, with a focus on natural dyes, hand-mending and hand- stitching. 

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