Natural Dye, June/July 2013
Natural dyeing is underway for a new work for Weather Permitting, the 9th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Working in the VCUarts Fibers area dye lab with natural dye whiz and former student Jessica Dodd, along with Sponge HQ monitors Colleen Billing and Gavin Foster. With Clare van Loenen at the writer's desk.

Mordanting 45 lbs of wool and using cochineal, indigo, cutch and weld to achieve a palate of four colors, which will describe as many species of Brazilian sponges, both freshwater and marine.

A cooperative work, produced between the Sponge HQ in Richmond, VA and a network of artists, designers and students in Porto Alegre, will appear in the exhibition, Portals, Forecasts and Monotypes. The piece, situated in two recessed spaces in a former hydroelectric plant, dovetails with the pedagogical program of the biennial, Cloud Formations.
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