In this two day workshop, students will create two 12×12” felted tiles to use as wall hangings or as trivets. During the first part of the workshop students will learn how to dye felt and fabric with rust, a fantastic natural dye process where the rust (iron oxide) acts as a coloring agent. The rusted objects will leave a permanent print on the felt with a great potential for some decorative stitches. The second part of the workshop will focus on hand-stitching techniques. Since the entire workshop will be focus on sustainability, please try to bring silk and other fabrics that have already been used, also known as re-purposed materials.
Eva Camacho is a feltmaker born and raised in Andalucía, Spain, now living in western Massachusetts. Currently, her last collection Boro can be found at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., and other collections are being sold in 20 different galleries and stores across the United States. In December of 2015, she received the Award of Distinction in Fiber Wearables from the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2016, she was awarded 1st place in the Wearable Accessories category at the Fiber Celebration Exhibition at the Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO. That same year she was also invited to be part of the Pentaculum 2017 Artist Residency in Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her felt work have appeared at numerous magazines and newspapers, such as Martha Stewart Living Magazine and the New York Times, and in the latest felting book Worldwide Colours of Felt. In the summer of 2017, her work will appear in the new book Artistry in Fiber. Her work will be traveling to Korea in the summer of 2017 to participate in an international fiber exhibition and in the fall she will be part of an art and cultural expedition to Peru. At that time will teach a group of students about felting and natural dying, while exploring the country and its fascinating textile and fiber heritage.