Kami-ito & Colour: Dyed Paper Thread online workshop

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$ 150.00

February 6th, 2021 9:00 AM

  • Instructor: Radha Pandey
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: February 6th, 2021 9:00 AM
  • Workshop End: February 7th, 2021 11:00 AM
  • Sessions: 2

This is a two-session online workshop.

On the first day, participants will learn how to extract dyes using natural materials for application on paper. We will learn brush-dyeing and in the process, learn how to estimate the amount of dyestuff needed for your projects and what types of mordants are best to use and their results. We will also discuss what types of handmade papers work best and why as well as how to deal with heavily sized commercial papers when dyeing.

On the second day, we will make thread from one of the sheets of dyed paper. This traditional technique is specific to the Japanese paper tradition. These threads are made from kozo papers but can also be made using hanji. Long fibers in these papers make them suitable for making into thread.

This magical transformation takes some time and some elbow grease. We will cover all the steps from beginning to end, but will not cover spinning or weaving.

Materials to Bring: 

Many of the tools needed for this workshop are easily sourced and inexpensive. The following items are listed so that students can have an idea of the cost of materials before registering for class.

A full material and tool list will be sent to students after registration.

  • Minimum one natural dye extract (preferably powdered)
  • 2-4 sheets Hanji or Washi paper
  • Alum
  • Cooking pot, brush, non-reactive container, and heat source (burner) per dye
  • Other materials that will be emailed to students after registration

Workshop Fee: $150

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday :: February 6 & 7, 2021 :: 9-11am Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class.


About the Instructor | Radha Pandey

Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has learned European, Eastern and Indo-Islamic Papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and teaches book arts classes in India, Europe and the United States.

Her graduate thesis work - a hand-printed book of botanical anatomies titled Anatomia Botanica - won the MICA Book Award at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair in 2014, and received an Honorable Mention at the 15th Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. Her book Deep Time won the Joshua Heller Memorial Award at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair in 2018. Her artist’s books are held in over 40 public and private collections internationally, including the Library of Congress and Yale University.

Currently, Radha is working on an artist book inspired by Mughal floral portraiture from the 17th century, and how it was impacted by colonialisation of plants. All the paper for the edition will be hand made in the traditional Indo-Islamic style.

$ 150.00
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Online via Zoom
United States