Rust Dyeing (1/2 day)

Rust Dyeing (1/2 day)


Did you know that iron oxide - good old fashioned rust - can be used to create beautiful surface designs on fabric?

This workshop is the perfect introduction to the amazing effects that can be created using rusted scrap metal.

Students Will Take Home:

  • a silk scarf and a cotton sample rust-dyed in the workshop

  • the skills to further explore the magic of rust dyeing

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  • Date: June 10, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
  • Location: South Haven Community Hall
  • Experience: beginner to intermediate
  • Supplies Fee: $20 (tax inclusive), payable directly to the instructor (for fabric, dyes, etc.).
  • Tax: this web platform collects Nova Scotia's 15% HST for those with a Canadian billing address; for others, HST is payable at the workshop (a receipt will be provided).
  • In Person Payments: cash or credit card
  • Age: 19+ due to the use of hot dye vats
  • Minimum Registrants To Proceed: 4
  • Promo Code: ’online10%’ for online registration only
  • Walk-ins: welcome, space permitting
  • Terms of Service: registration constitutes agreement with the Terms of Service.

In this half day workshop, students will be introduced to the endless surface design possibilities of working with rusted metal on fabric and paper. Rusted metal scraps provided for use in the workshop have been collected from local roadsides, beaches, etc. by the instructor. This is both a free way to build a collection of endlessly useful scrap metal for various fibre applications, but also a community service that helps to keep our precious ecosystems free of other people's 'waste'. You are welcome to do the same, and to bring any small rusted scrap metal pieces you have collected to the workshop for your own use (this is optional, as there will be plenty provided by the instructor).

Students Will Learn:

  • which fabric and paper types are most suited to working with rusted metal
  • how to prepare the fibres for rust work 
  • a cold and a hot method for transferring rusted patterns to paper and cloth
  • how to safely dispose of rust water
  • how to treat the fibres after rusting to protect them long-term
  • While the half day class doesn't provide sufficient time for also working with plant dyes, students will be given an overview of key considerations for combining rusted metal surface design effects with plant dye effects, as a launching pad for their own experiments.