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Dot,Dot,Dot: Hand-drawn Batik & Natural Dyes – G201015

Workshop ID: G201015
Dates: October 4 - October 10
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

Batik is an ancient Indonesian wax-resist technique for imbuing cloth with intricate hand-drawn patterns. Participants will create one-of-a-kind batik designs on cotton using natural plant dyes. Batik is a fun, versatile, and mindful practice to add to your maker’s toolbox and is well-suited for textile artists, quilters, fashionistas, and beginners alike. This workshop will include an introduction to batik history and motifs, materials, and mark making techniques using a traditional tjanting drawing tool. In addition, this workshop will cover natural plant dye-making, mordanting, overdyeing, and dyeing for gradations of color. Participants will produce dynamic designs with hand-drawn lines, dots, and through layering of color. Using a plant-driven palette, we will explore the subtle, everchanging hues of the desert landscape and add color to cloth. We will use a warm range of natural dyes ,  Weld, Osage Orange, Sequoia, Madder, and Logwood , and combine dyes to make a set of color swatches.

Each participant will create hand-dyed batik cotton samples, a one-of-a-kind bandana, and develop a personal batik project. With instructor guidance, the personal batik project will be uniquely designed to support each individual’s own artistic practice and creative goals. By deriving color from plants and inspiration from the high desert, we will deepen our connection with the surrounding area and mother earth. Through meditative making, we will organically draw imagery and patterns from inner and outer landscapes. An optional group hike and open afternoons will offer workshop participants plenty of time for visual reflection and sketching. Ample studio time will be available for participants to practice mark making, to experiment with dyes, and to work on more complex personal projects. At the end of the week, each participant will walk away with the knowledge to set-up their own home batik studio and begin independently working with natural dyes


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
Lisa Miles

Lisa Miles is a papermaker and visual artist who creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition artist books under the imprint Dutchess Press. Her work focuses on plant-based processes – primarily hand-beaten bark papers that are imbued

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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