Tie-dye workshop sparks ARTspace interest

Class instructor Rebecca Crofts, left, and Barb Jack, right, work on tie-dyeing their white T-shirts with different colours to make their own creation at ARTspace in Chatham, on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Brightly coloured tie-dye t-shirts hanging outside to dry on Saturday afternoon caused some extra traffic to roll through the downtown Chatham ARTspace studio.

Instructor Rebecca Crofts, who has led a dreamcatcher class in the past, taught a group of nine participants some methods in the popular do-it-yourself activity.

“We did a tie-dye class back in March and we thought it might be a good idea to do one in the summer when the weather cleared up,” said Crofts.

“People are always finding new ways to work with the medium,” Crofts added.

Administrative assistant Danielle Dupuis said the class was an ideal activity for everyone.

“It’s fun and accessible,” said Dupuis.

The two-hour workshop, which coincided with the Tecumseh Park Ribfest event, sparked curious walkers to step inside, view local artwork and inquire about upcoming classes.

“We made some sales based on people that came in from seeing the clothing outside,” said Dupuis.

ARTspace, which is affiliated with the Chatham Cultural Centre, has been open for five years.

The King Street West location is offering not only all-day art camp for kids this summer, but adult classes as well.

Each Friday this month is a free DIY class from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. where this week participants can decorate planters and jars.

For a charge of $35 plus HST, a Style Your Sole workshop will take place on August 1 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., transforming a pair of white shoes into a unique masterpiece – all while enjoying a movie and slice of pizza.

Crofts, who said would teach a tie-dye class again if asked, has noticed each of the shirts created are always different.

“It’s just interesting what people come up with,” said Crofts.


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