Join us for a unique, week-long retreat where we will immerse ourselves in an indigo resist dyeing practice with artist and educator Antonia Munroe.
We will stay on a gorgeous seaside farm on the Maine coast where hiking, kayaking, swimming and gardens are just outside of your bedroom door. Your days will be spent in the studio, and meals will be served straight from the farm. You will learn new skills, make new friends, and awaken the spirit.
In this special four-day workshop, artist Antonia Munroe will guide students through stencil making and indigo dyeing with clay resist paste. The potentials of two organic indigo vats: one fructose and one ferrous, will be explored. After designing and creating unique stencils, students will mix clay resist paste to be stenciled onto the cloth. When the cloth emerges from the indigo vat, the stencil’s image shines, unaltered by the dye and surrounded by deep blue. Students will have the opportunity to paint freely with the paste, as well as utilize Antonia’s collection of Indian wood blocks for printing, to create beautiful and unique cloth designs. Antonia’s lessons will equip students to execute their creative visions for projects large and small.
Private dining experiences will be curated by our hosts at Crow’s Nest, as well as other well-known chefs and restaurants in the area, including Stone’s Throw Catering, Belfast’s Chases Daily, and Belfast’s Satori.
Sunday, September 25, 2022 – Friday, September 30, 2022
Single Room: $3,800
Shared Room: $3,150
Antonia Munroe is a painter and textile artist living and working in Camden, Maine. She is the founder and director of The Art Circle, art and textile workshops for children and adults.
Antonia’s paintings and textiles are informed by extensive travel, research and study of historical methods and materials, mostly inspired by India but with a deep bow to European and Japanese traditions. Painted, stenciled and block printed patterns have been a central theme in all her work.
Since 2014 Antonia has traveled to Rajasthan, India to study with master Indian miniature painter, Ajay Sharma. She finds the exquisite technique of miniature painting, in which the artist employs brilliant hand ground pigment and tiny brushes , to be completely mesmerizing. The traditional paintings in this style most often depict a central subject surrounded by elaborate and fanciful borders with repeating patterns.
Antonia founded Antonia Textiles in 2018. She is particularly drawn to the ancient technique known as “dabu” in which a mud based resist is applied to fabric and dipped into the indigo vat. Other natural dyes such as myrobalan, cutch and lac provide lovely grounds for her hand printed designs.
Antonia is represented by Victoria Munroe Fine Art in New York City. In November 2022 she will have a one person exhibit of paintings in the Indian miniature technique and large tapestry textiles. In Camden, her paintings can be seen at The Page Gallery. Her textiles can be purchased online, or in the enchanting Antonia Textiles shop in her barn in Camden, Maine.
Photographs by Sienna Renee Photography, Jane Kurko, and Jordana Munk Martin.
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