Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10am - 4pm - Daniel House, 2328 NW Westover RD Ste 100, Portland, OR 97210
Spend the day with local fabric maker, Rio Wrenn, as she teaches us her craft! Learn to make your own dyes and leave with your own fabric panel to use as a scarf or table runner.
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In 2013, Rio Wrenn, the owner and artist behind the brand decided it was time to strip the collections down and revisit the main driving force behind the label: a strong desire and love for textile design and the processes that she has developed since 2001. These processes are directly inspired by the tension between the soft and hard found within the sexuality of botany and spirit of nature. This tension gives way to serendipitous manipulation and a sweet surrender to the process. “My love of botany and the natural world is infused in every thing I make. Now is the time to bring this beauty and love to the next level.”
That next level is expanding R A W Textiles reach. Rio explains, “Our focus is textile collections that will be available to designers in apparel and interiors. This will include licensing, and custom pattern development, to traditional textile production. There will be several dye colors that will only be available seasonally. This is to create cyclic harmony with the seasons here in the Northwest. Many of the plant material are collected in quantities that can only be replenished every season. This is great for small runs in collections.”
More Process Details:
We will create dye baths with colors found in nature such as black walnut, marigold, and madder root. All of these plants can be easily obtained or grown in your garden. When we combine them with a simple mordant - Aluminum Sulfate or Alum the colors will become fast and bright on the fibers. When we combine them with Ferrous Sulfate salts or iron they will darken and change colors. Together we will mix and dip sample silks and cottons to witness these results. After this basic understanding we will then begin to layer colors with pattern by simple shibori methods. By only using three colors you will discover a multitude of combinations.