OAK CLIFF CULTURAL CENTER
fronter patch drop in activity
223 W JEFFERSON BLVD, DALLAS, TX 75208
Oct. 2017

The workshop was held in conjunction with the Dia de los Muertos celebration. 

Participants celebrated Mexican- American identity by printing their own radical patch on fabric. Folks chose from pre made blocks inspired by images from the Texas-Mexico Border landscape and explored using block printing tools such as brayers and water-soluble inks. Participants left with a 4”x4” one color print patch, a mini portfolio to store the patch, and a hand out about block printing.  


 

OAK CLIFF CULTURAL CENTER
Painting with mordants-
natural dye with Marigold WORKSHOP
223 W JEFFERSON BLVD, DALLAS, TX 75208
OCT 2017

 

In this multi generational workshop OCCC participants explored dyeing with the Dia de los Muertos ceremonial offering, the marigold flower. The bright yellow flower, which resembles the sun, are said to help the spirits find their way back to the human world. Historically, marigolds were used to achieve rich warm yellows and deep dark greens. Participants explored the process of preparing dried marigold flowers for dyeing and learned how to create painted patterns on cotton using thickened mordants.  Each student designed and dyed  two 17”x17” handkerchiefs inspired by Dia de los Muertos iconography.