A Virtual Workshop!


In this workshop, students will learn how to make a clay-resist paste, print and paint with it on fabric, and then overdye their work with organic indigo. Day one will be spent learning how to mix the non-toxic clay-resist paste and the various, inventive methods of applying it. This will include block-printing, screenprinting, stenciling, and direct painting. Day two will cover how to make and maintain a vat of organic, fructose indigo, and the techniques for dyeing. Students will learn how to build layers of pattern and imagery with additional resist to create varying shades of beautiful indigo blue.  At the end of class, each student will leave with their samples, recipes, and trade secrets to continue developing the techniques at home. This workshop includes a kit that will provide all of the necessary ingredients for the resist and indigo vat: Pre-measured Clay (Kaolin + Bentonite), Gum Arabic powder, Sodium Alginate powder, Epsom salt, Indigo, Fructose, Calcium Hydroxide, as well as craft foam and cardboard.


Registration closes February 24, 2021 to allow time for the packaging and mailing of the materials kit. With registration, students will receive an additional list of needed supplies, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.


PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.

Clay Resist and Indigo Printing; Mar 6-7; 10am-3pm

    • Date: 2-day workshop, March 6-7, 10am-3pm EST via Zoom (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event)
    • Instructor: Gretchen Schermerhorn
    • Materials: Registration includes a $50 materials fee to cover the safe handling, packaging, and mailing of the class materials kit (see list in the class description for details). Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:
      - Fabric—cotton, silk, linen, etc.
      - 5-gallon bucket
      - Wooden spoon or dowel
      - Scissors
      - Glue stick
      - Disposable gloves
      - Access to water
      - Blender or emulsion mixer
      - Quart container with lid
      - Paint brush (flat 1’ or similar) and other various sizes
      - Apron
      - 64oz Wide Mouth Mason Jar
      - High density foam paint roller

      Optional supplies:
      - Screen (low mesh count, 150 or below)
      - Squeegee
      - Stencils
      - Access to a water hose very helpful, but not necessary

Pyramid Atlantic is grateful for the support of:


301.608.9101  |  4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781

HOURS (Starting July 1, 2020):

Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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