A Greener Indigo


Explore the magic and mystery of indigo. Set up a dye bath using a simple ecological formula suitable for studio use. Learn the history and applications of this most widespread and influential dye. Experiment in resist dyeing and printing or painting with thickened indigo on various fibers. Use thickened dye for painting or printing. Create a set of samples, a scarf, and a set of napkins with a non-toxic “green” formula suitable for the home studio. Students may dye some yarn or cloth for a personal project as well.

Experience: All levels

Materials fee: $25

Involved in textiles from an early age, Barbara Shapiro began weaving in 1975 in New York City. She combines a rich knowledge of historical and ethnic textiles with broad technical experience in weaving, dyeing and basketry. After being involved in the San Francisco Art to Wear movement in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s , Barbara shifted her focus to non-functional textile art. She teaches frequent workshops and classes at the Art Department at San Francisco State University. A Board Member of the Textile Society of America, she also serves on the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and is a docent at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. Barbara’s wall pieces and baskets have been widely exhibited