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WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS FALL AT THE CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE STUDIO!

We’re starting the season with a great line-up of workshops in our beautiful studio space at the historic 401 Richmond St. W. building in Toronto. The studio is a welcoming and inspiring place to learn for people of all skill levels. Our innovative classes are taught by studio members and guest instructors, representing a broad cross-section of knowledge and expertise in the textile arts. We aim to be at the forefront of developing practices in this field, weaving together traditional techniques with modern interpretations and approaches. Our workshops step beyond DIY to offer richer, more integrated experiential learning opportunities, while also remaining accessible to anyone who is interested in trying their hand at creating something meaningful.

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SCREEN PRINTING OPEN SESSIONS
Open Sessions provide access to our fully-equipped space to work independently on a printing project. Past students, or artists/craftmakers with screen printing experience, work in a self-directed manner with technical assistance from a knowledgeable instructor. These sessions are ideal for brushing up on skills, completing a project from a previous class, or as production time.
Every Wednesday
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INTRODUCTION TO INDIGO
Working with natural indigo (no chemical additives or assists) on up-cycled textiles, Rachel MacHenry and Ganaele Langlois will show participants how to set up a natural indigo vat and explore a range of simple resists for patterning, including tie and clamp resists, and stitching. Then students will gather around the studio’s indigo vat to dip, dye, and watch the magic happen.
September 30
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BLOCK PRINTING
This workshop shows students how to print using Munira Amin’s incredible collection of hand-carved wooden blocks. You will explore the complexities of repeat patterning and learn to plan and print your own design on cloth and paper, using traditional methods. You will also take a tour through hand block printing methods with images from South Asia.
October 14
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SILKSCREEN PRINTING
Spend four Saturdays building your skills and knowledge of the silkscreen printing process with an experienced instructor who will guide you through the technical and creative aspects of this exciting technique. Sharon Epstein encourages students to dive right in, get a feel for the tools, and encourages exploration as you build an understanding of what is possible.
September 15 – October 13 (ONE SPOT LEFT)
October 27 – November 17
December 1 – 22
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HAND EMBROIDERY – LET’S GET STARTED!
Join Kate Jackson for an introduction to the materials and tools used most often in the art of embroidery helping you understand how to draw with stitch. You will learn fundamental stitches to create an embroidery sampler and how to transfer images to cloth.
November 12
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NATURAL DYE: FULL SPECTRUM SAMPLING WITH MADDER, WELD + INDIGO
Working with only three natural dyes, participants in this workshop will explore and sample a full color spectrum, building multiple sets of natural dye swatches to develop an understanding of rich, complex, repeatable color. Erika Molnar will show students the mordanting process and how to achieve repeatable color gradients to create their own reference notebook of sample cards, with recipes for each color.
November 24 + 25
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Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op
401 Richmond Street West
Suite 109
Toronto, ON
M5V 3A8

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Photo Credits
Fall/Winter 2018 Workshops + Natural Dye: Erika Molnar
Introduction to Indigo: Ganaele Langlois
Hand Embroidery: Kate Jackson
Silkscreen, Open Session, Block Printing + Workshop: Erin MacKeen

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