Workshop for Studio Art Students
Thursday, January 16, 2014 – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Public Artist Talk
Thursday, January 16, 2014 – 1:30 p.m.
Thea Haines received her Honours Art degree from McMaster and her MFA from Chelsea, UK. She is a textile designer concerned with natural dye processes and sustainable design and she teaches textile design at Sheridan College in Toronto.
Thea focuses on natural dye printing choosing natural dyes for their wonderful, harmonious colour properties and for their potential to reduce chemical exposure and impact on the environment. With any textile print or dyeing process, water and energy use must be of primary consideration. Thea is examining simple technologies such as grey water systems and filtration that allow for recycling of water used in the dyeing process, allowing residues to be composted, which have been researched and employed by BioDye, an Indian natural dye company. She is absorbed by burgeoning natural dye projects being established by community groups, collectives and grass-roots organizations, as part of the larger DIY movement, signaling an intent by people to renew their connection to their food, the landscape and using their hands. Her own collective, The Beehive, is engaged in just this kind of activity.