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UPCOMING WORKSHOP: West Philadelphia

We thought we’d post the following workshop to our guild series.

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-Elissa

 

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Guess what we’re selling…

So we realized that it was about time for us to make nontoxic indigo dyed undergarments as these fabrics tend
to be closest to our body in sensitive areas. Below is a matching set for women.

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…and other women’s…

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Men’s of course

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These new items are currently posted on our shop!

-Elissa

 

 

 

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WORKSHOP SERIES 2014

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Dresden dyer’s guild coat of arms includes stirring and turning sticks, a reel for winding fabric, and a rake.
We felt it appropriate this season to begin a workshop series in different studio/workspaces and give each
its own little dyer’s guild.

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Our first workshop will be held Saturday, May 31st in the dye shop of Parsons-Meares, Ltd., a company
producing state of the art costumes in New York City.  The workshop will focus on natural dyes in costume,
primarily colors of the shakespearean era. Learn basic natural dyeing techniques using colors that would
have been used in the theater including a naturally fermenting indigo vat, madder, weld and cochineal.
Leave the workshop with knowledge, color samples and a cotton tote bag to keep your sheet music or dance
clothes in. We hope to see you there!

MAX CAPACITY: 12 students

COST: $65

TIME: 10-4 (we will take a break in the afternoon-food nearby, kitchen space in shop.)

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR WORKSHOP: Pay ahead using paypal and send payment to
blueredyellow.designs@gmail.com, and in an email, RSVP your name and we will send you a waiver and
release of liability to sign before workshop.
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Queen Elizabeth in Tyrian Purple (mollusk) and below; Shakespeare’s  Globe Theater today.

The Globe from air

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NEW POST!

Wow it has been awhile since we posted and we apologize. Here’s some of what we have been working on….

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First off, we had a workshop in Kensington organized by artist Maria Moller of Hexamer Redux, a project on 
historical documents that assessed the risk of fire at Philadelphia factories in the 19th century. We were part of
a workshop based on a Hexamer survey from Providence Dye Works, a dye factory that stayed in business up
until the 1950’s.

 
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The site is currently vacant aside from Porretta’s Frame and Alignment shop off Emerald Street. Maria set up
the amazing surveys, and we setup a little dye workshop in the vacant area.

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We had pre-alum-mordanted wool and cotton and foraged plants grown in the lot such as mugwort and
goldenrod to make yellows. Botanist Zya S. Levy of We the Weeds did a re-survey  of the site. The surveys of
the historical site were shown at Little Berlin as part of the Manufacturing Fire exhibit.

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Aside from the workshop, we have done some custom orders!
 

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Plethora of Tees for David Eric Iacone of Least Concerned Clothing

 

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The madder has sprung!

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Only last week there was no sign of the madder but today she is there, thrusting vigorously upward, reaching
for the sky. This is how we begin our 2012 growing season! A promising start after an unusual Spring.
It’s going to be a good year. I can feel it!

-Mira Sophia

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Color Swatches

We have been working on some swatches. Making lots of over dye swatches with beautifully knitted fibers.
Checkout http://www.admknitting.com/ who we have collaborated with on the swatches.


-Elissa

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Our workshop at the Design Center

The workshop was awesome! Thanks everyone who made it out. It makes us happy to share an age old process.

-Elissa

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Design Philadelphia workshop

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Red and Yellow Plant Dye Workshop

Gain a hands-on understanding of the processes involved in using plant material to create naturally dyed fabrics. 
Workshop includes lecture and demonstration of using raw plant materials to make madder root red and marigold
yellow. Leave workshop with a handkerchief or bracelet.

 

It is on October 21 from 10-1

Wheelchair accessible.
Admission: $5
Space is limited. RSVP  to blueredyellow.designs@gmail.com
http://www.blueredandyellow.com

 

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Madder matters

We are super excited that our first year of growing our madder root has turned out a success! Madder root is
what the red coats used for their red. It makes an alizarin red or a Turkey Red. The root is what is used for
harvesting as a dye. Patience is a virtue though, as it takes 2-3 years to mature into usable dye.

Just found this book at the Book Trader’s in olde city and am excited to read it!!

-Elissa

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Art in the Age Workshop! Come!

-Elissa

 

 

 

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