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Color // Play

  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI 49453 (map)

with Ryan Shrum

$120, lunch included

This introductory level fabric dyeing workshop will explore experimental techniques for adding (and removing) color and pattern to plain white cloth. Students are encouraged to play with found objects, simple sewing tricks and mark making methods to produce functional textile objects. We will cover traditional techniques as well as learn about safety, color theory, and discuss the history of textiles. This class will supply the artist with skills to dye and create functional objects in any space with an emphasis on the "at home" maker. Students must have a collaborative spirit and must be eager to play and get a bit messy.


Ryan Shrum is a Chicago-based maker whose work focuses primarily on the interactions between objects and their existence within the domestic space. He earned his BFA in Fiber from The Kansas City Art Institute in 2014. Shrum served as the Works on Paper Studio Manager at Ox-Bow from 2015-2017 and now works as a display artist at Anthropologie in Chicago. Recent projects include designing and creating a ceiling based installation at the Ace Hotel in Chicago's West Loop and building a vinyl "listening space" for The Smart Museum at the University of Chicago for the exhibition "The Time is Now!". His biggest source of inspiration comes from his home in which he carefully arranges a collection of unique artifacts to create an ever-changing, balanced and harmonious setting to live and dream.

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