Edric Ong is coming to Earthues July 18th and 19th!


“Creating landscape shibori using stamping and clamp technique with natural indigo and other dyes from plants indigenous to Seattle.”

image001Edric Ong, internationally known textile authority, author, and designer, will be leading workshops in design and natural dyes at Earthhues in Seattle. Edric Ong is renowned for his accomplishments in supporting and sustaining the arts and crafts of indigenous peoples. He has been recognized with many international awards in both categories of his work including the prestigious Aid to Artisans Advocate Award and the Mercedes Benz/Stylo Malaysian Designer of the Year Award in 2009.

Edric Ong will be leading workshops in design (Thursday afternoon, July18th) and natural dyes (Friday morning and afternoon, July 19th) followed by a trunk show on Friday from 5-7pm at Michele Wipplinger’s Earthues in Ballard (call 206-789-1065 for info).

Less well known are Edric’s skills as a dresser for his models, using his latest creations and natural accessories in scores of international fashion shows. In a free program at the Seattle Asian Art Museum on Saturday afternoon, July 20th, 1-3PM, Edric will give a presentation on the sarong, including a demonstration with volunteer models (both female and male) showing, step-by-step, how you can wrap and tie this simple and comfortable garment in more than a dozen different ways.


David McLanahan, Jungle Arts and Flora (www.jungleartsandflora.com) and SDA member was instrumental in bringing Eric to Seattle.  For more information contact David at jungleartsanflora@comcast.net.

Michele Wipplinger on the Resurgence of plant-base dyes

Artisans worldwide are using plant-based dyes, as are commercial dye industries. Natural dye extracts are now readily available, the technology is commercially viable and the application methods can be used for all fiber types.  Gone are the obstacles to using plant-based dyes to create beautiful, color fast dyes. And perhaps most importantly, the consumer is taking an interest in how their clothing is being colored.

Michele will discuss the history, current commercial use and the art application of natural dyes in her talk, Color: Trends in the Culture of Cloth at the Surface Matters Symposium.  You certainly won’t want to miss the opportunity to benefit from Michele’s thirty-some years of experience and expertise in the field.


Michele Wippingler is the owner of Earthues, a fair trade, women-owned business. The aim of Earthues is to teach and learn about natural dyes and sustainability using eco-methods and exquisite colors for creating beautiful surface designs.


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