Lake Pigments class
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Making a Lake Pigment: the alchemy of solid pigments from natural dyes with Judi Pettite

January 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm


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A pigment is water insoluble and can be used for water and oil based paints. Making a dry pigment from a natural dye is a very old tradition that connected the guilds—dyers and painters and craftspeople in search of concentrated lightfast hues that were portable, storage friendly colors.

In this 3-hour class, we will discuss the difference between dyes, extracts and lakes and their uses. We will also cover the process of making a lake pigment step by step. Three colors will be demonstrated—yellow, red and brown. The main focus will be on the process of making your own pigments, subsequent classes will explain and elaborate the application of lake and other natural pigments.

Participants will be invited to submit questions. There will be 30-minute break midway through the webinar, and the webinar ends at 1:30 pm.

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This webinar is part of a series that will be streaming live via Zoom from the Fibershed Learning Center, a multi-use space to demonstrate and provide hands-on connections to natural fiber and dye systems. The Learning Center will open later this year in Point Reyes Station, California, on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Coast Miwok and within the historic Black Mountain Ranch property.

Proceeds from each event support the class instructor and contribute to Fibershed for educational programming. A portion of the proceeds from each virtual event will also be shared with a local and mission-aligned non-profit organization, selected by the instructor. Currently scheduled online events are listed on our Learning Center page.

A video of the webinar will be made available to webinar registrants within approximately two weeks of the event.


January 9
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Fibershed Learning Center