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exploring indigo and shibori
instructed by aaron sanders head

Join Aaron Sanders Head for a day getting to know your indigo vat! Participants will first learn how to dye natural fiber goods with indigo and how to maintain vats for longest lasting color.


Participants will learn several resist and shibori techniques, with a concentration on folded, tied and clamped resist.


The instructor will provide 1/2 yard of fabric per student for experimentation, but participants should bring their own goods to dye. Goods from home should be made from natural fibers, and cellulose (cotton, linen, rayon) accepts color best. Pre-wash all fabric in hot water before the workshop.


Participants should wear old clothing that can be stained, including shoes, or bring an apron. Participants should bring a pair of rubber gloves with a high sleeve, like dishwashing gloves. This workshop will be held on November 4, 2023 from 10 AM-2 PM. We will not have a formal lunch break, but please bring snacks or a quick lunch if needed.


 There is a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 14. If the minimum is not met, participants will be refunded. 

Please email Mary Bell, Program Director, at with any questions. 

Kentuck workshops are non-refundable after the registration closes. If you would like to cancel before the deadline passes, please email or call 205-758-1257. If the class does not meet the minimum by the registration deadline and the workshop is cancelled, all participants will be refunded their registration fees.

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Age Range:  18+

Dates: November 4, 2023

Times: 10 AM-2 PM

Location: Kentuck's Georgine Clarke Building

Tuition: $95; Participants supply some supplies 

Needed Supplies:

-Participants are encouraged to bring 1-2 additional small homegoods or accessories. These items must be made of natural fiber, and should be thoroughly pre-washed before the workshop.

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meet the instructor

About Aaron Sanders Head

Aaron Sanders Head is a Southern, Alabama-based textile artist. Aaron was raised in rural Grady, AL and Hope Hull, AL, as the youngest of three children from an artist mother and an agricultural worker father. His grandparents were both rural mail carriers, and the times Aaron spent accompanying them on those trips cemented early on a fondness for rural areas and the importance of connection however it can be found. That learned sense of observation combined with inherited family traditions of textile and agriculture inform the unique visual language Aaron works in today, that exists in the worlds of quiltmaking, handwork and natural dyes. Aaron creates quilts and hand-stitched, naturally dyed textiles that explore the lived experiences of rural Alabamians.

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This workshop is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

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