Purple Desire – Natural Dye Workshop, 2015

Event Archive Page from August 12, 2015

August 12, 4 – 6 p.m. Join Wax and Wane fiber for this FREE hands-on natural dye class, and learn how to use  plant-based pigment extracted from Logwood to make fabric art. Take  your piece home or leave it in the care of the artists for possible inclusion in a curated show in October. Drop in on the workshop any time, or stay for the whole session. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited.

Logwood – 

Logwood, Haematoxylum campechianum, is a species of flowering tree in the legume family, Fabaceae, that is native to southern Mexico and northern Central America. In the late 1500’s, Spanish colonials discovered and began exporting logwood from the Yucatan. Logwood’s heartwood contains pigments soluble in water and sensitive to PH, and can be manipulated to make purples, reds, greys, and a deep blue-black. Logwood was much less expensive than existing sources of purple, and it quickly became a prime export product. England’s logging camps, which were established in an area that is now Belize, were so important to the export economy that logwood and logwood cutters are still depicted in the country’s national emblem, which appears on currency and flags. 

“Although it is still commonly used by native people of Mexico and Central America, it is doubtful that logwood will ever achieve the world importance that it held during the past two centuries. Kings and clergymen no longer wear robes dyed with logwood, however, bottles of logwood dyes will probably always be around on the shelves of microbiology laboratories and on workbenches of fine woodcrafters. The days of rugged buccaneers and Baymen have long since passed; their marvelous masted ships no longer ride the ocean currents and trade winds back to England. But the memories of those fabulous times are forever commemorated in the flag of a young nation that owes its birth to a tree.” W.P. Armstrong, 1992,  http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ecoph4.htm,   Modified From: Pacific Horticulture 53: 38-43

Full Workshop Series:

July 22, 4 – 6 p.m. – Indigo Dreams
August 12, 4 – 6 p.m. – Purple Desire
August 26, 4 – 6 p.m. – Magenta Magic
September 9, 4 – 6 p.m. – Green Tea & Eco-Printing
September 30, 4 – 6 p.m. – Radiant Red