Like flower bulbs that are planted in the fall, a professional workshop taking place next week is expected to blossom into NSCAD University’s Summer Institute next year.
The idea is to bring in artists of international renown and have them provide classes for other art practitioners in intensive, small-group settings.
Offered through NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies, one of the first five-day workshops happens next week, October 24 to 28, at the Port Campus. Leaving her farm in south Australia, master dyer India Flint will give a workshop on ecologically sustainable dyeing techniques. Dubbed a “botanical alchemist,” the Australian artisan has developed her own near-zero impact natural dying method inspired by her Latvian heritage. Her books include Second Skin (2011), Felt: Handmade Style (2011) and Eco Colour (2010).
Spaces for the workshop filled up immediately, drawing participants from the North-West Territories, British Columbia and the United States.
The workshop benefits are not only for the professionals it attracts, but also for students and faculty at NSCAD. While at the university, India Flint will present Mapping Country, an exhibition of naturally dyed textiles at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville St., from November 1 to 12. The opening reception for the exhibition takes place Monday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. She will give an artist’s talk at the gallery on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at noon and another lecture on Thursday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. in the NSCAD boardroom, 5th floor, 5163 Duke St.
“This is just the start for us,” says Sharon Blanchard, director of the School of Extended Studies. “In the summer of 2012, we are organizing 10 professional workshops under the auspices of the Summer Institute to bring in artists to share their expertise with students, faculty and professionals in our community.”
Stay tuned for the line-up, which will include fashion designers, gemologists, designers and graffiti artists.