Surface Explorations Using Indigo Dye and Cyanotype

Supplies Students Need To Bring

-3 or 4 medium size binder clips

-Kitchen string

-Plastic gloves (dye gloves or thick kitchen gloves work best)

-2 buckets, one 5-gallon and another that can be smaller for rinsing, plus a pan for transporting wet media to and from sink or drying rack

– Drying rack if available, plastic spread near work area for drying is a great alternative
-6-12 rubber bands

-Plastic sheet to protect floor under indigo vat

-Access to utility sink for rinse-out

-Sewing machine that you are familiar with using.

-Basic Sewing Supplies plus one pair of craft scissors

-Thread: for top stitch please use sturdy cotton thread.Bobbin thread needs to be rayon, which will be in the kit provided (important for stitched-resists).

-Basic sewing supplies:scissors, nippers, etc.

-A selection of cloth, between 2-4 yards of white cloth (cotton, silk, or linen are great, and sheers are good if you have some), cut into fat quarter size or smaller.

-Optional: one or two black and white photos that have been transferred onto clear plastic transparency sheets.These are NOT necessary but may be used as part of creating a cyanotype print.Other materials that work well for creating resists on cyanotype are plant materials that lay flat under plexiglass: examples are plant materials, dried plants or silk plants, lace, string, kitchen potato sack mesh, etc.

-Students need to wear messy, paint-worthy clothing. You must be able to protect your work surfaces and area surrounding your indigo vat!!