Batik with Natural Dyes with Kim Khaira: Blues and Yellows

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10 am-4 pm

Pulang Balik blue

Fee: $85/ $75 members per session (all materials included). Two sessions available: Tuesday, February 25 & Saturday, February 29. Take one or both!
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

Artist-in-residence Kim Khaira spent part of the summer of 2019 working alongside master dyer Arianne King Comer and walking the grounds with Native herbalist Angela Kingsawan. These interactions informed the next phase of her residency project at Lynden: harvesting plants from the grounds and developing the natural dyeing techniques used in this workshop. Her practical and artistic experiments with indigo, turmeric, goldenrod and other materials gathered at Lynden have elicited everything from poetic lamentations on natural fibers to a series of sample batik prints in a range of colors and a variety of saturations.

In this workshop, Khaira invites you to gather around the dye vat to work with indigo (indigofera tinctoria), wild indigo (baptisia), henna (lawsonia inermis), and turmeric (curcuma longa). These natural dyes will yield a variety of blues and yellows. Other dye plants from Lynden's grounds may be used upon availability for harvesting.

Natural cloths and fiber provided; you may choose to bring small or medium-sized natural fabrics or fibers of your own to use, which will need to be scoured and dried at the beginning of the workshop.

Bring a lunch; coffee and herbal tea selections provided.

About the Artist
Kim M Khaira is an artist and community worker based in Milwaukee from Penang, Malaysia, whose current work draws on the sense of home, creating home, and of making “sense” of the literal and abstract. She is exploring these themes in Pulang Balik: I Am Going Home Too, her residency project at Lynden.

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