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#DOLANhandmade | Natural Dyeing Class

Posted on August 15 2017

We are so excited to announce the start of #DOLANhandmade, monthly craft classes hosted by us in our studios, just south of DTLA.  We had been tinkering for quite some time with the idea of creating a craft room or a place/time for people to relax and create.  As with many extra-curricular ideas, it stayed in dream form until we met fiber artist Mimi Haddon, a super inspiring creator and instructor based in LA.  More on Mimi in the coming weeks, but suffice it to say that she is one of the most creative people we’ve ever met.  

 

The first class was a private event so that we could work out the kinks, but .we are very excited to announce that our future classes will be open to the public!   See the #DOLANhandmade page for details and to sign up for upcoming classes.  

 

In the meantime, here are some photos from our first class: Natural dyeing using indigo, onion skins, cochineal (bugs!!), and eucalyptus.  It was a super fun and I think we even amazed ourselves with the results.

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Indigo dye bath.  Gloves are key!

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Wringing out the dye before taking to the sink to rinse.  The color changes from green to blue once the dye hits the air and oxidizes.

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

 Accordion folding the fabric will make a pattern repeat.

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Tightly clamp wood blocks to the accordian to keep the space under the block from taking the dye. 

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Wood blocks

 

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Mackenzie’s wrapping and handpainting of the dye was one of the most exciting surprises of the day!

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Jodie with Doris and her stunning scarf. Also done with the wrapping technique.

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Newly dyed DOLAN tops and silk scarves.

Founder Jodie Dolan Introduces #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Exhilarated by an inspiring evening of creating with friends. 

Introducing #DOLANhandmade from DOLAN Brand - Supporting Community, Craft, Art and Shared Human Experience.

Beautiful scarves dyed with various natural ingredients from L to R: Onion skins & Cochineal, Cochineal, Indigo