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Botanical Dyeing and Printing in Color
with Suzanne Dekel


 

August 6-12

August 13-19, 2023

Bonus!

Suzanne will be offering a two-day workshop designed just for locals in San Miguel

August 21-22: (scroll to bottom for info)

Join us for tw0, one week-long workshops in stunning San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

 Suzanne is offering two levels of dyeing and printing instruction (see below) depending on your experience.

Location

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is a World Heritage UNESCO puebla magica, not to mention voted one of the best places in the world to live by Conde Nast Traveler 2 years in a row. Linda Laino has lived in San Miguel for ten years and is working with Suzanne to facilitate the retreat. (more about San Miguel below).

Retreat Venue

Hacienda de las Flores

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Hacienda de Las Flores is a family owned, old world hotel centrally located with beautiful outdoor spaces and swimming pool.

Cost

We have designated three price points for this retreat depending on your room choice:

$2540   Single

$3155    Double

$3275    Suite

Rooms may be shared at no extra cost.

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  • Six nights accommodations + all taxes

  • 20 hours workshop time

  • Welcome dinner with Margaritas

  • Breakfast daily

  • All materials including quality silk and wool fabrics

  • Artist Studio Tour

  • Farewell dinner

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Meals (except where indicated)

  • Tips

  • Airport shuttle

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

Travel

Please make your reservations to arrive at

Leon (BJX) or Queretaro(QRO) airports.* Information about easy and reliable shuttle service will be shared with participants. Please note, if you decide to fly into Mexico City, it is another four hours to San Miguel.

*Note: Please wait to make your flight arrangements until we inform you the retreat is full.

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Program #1: August 6-12

Natural Dyeing and Printing Foundations

The best fit for students with basic experience of working with natural dyes. Learn the how and the why of natural pigments, mordants, and modifiers. The absolute best way to give you golden foundations in fabric dyeing and printing.

Sunday, August 6

 6:00 Arrival/welcome dinner with margaritas!

Monday, August 7

Learn how to mordant fabrics and create at least three shades from one dye bath. We will work on multiple fabrics and create a host of vibrant and saturated colors from just one dye stuff. You will learn how to make the perfect mordant and dye bath, so you can experiment at home.

 

Wednesday, August 9

Indigo fun day: learn how to set up an indigo vat and create Japanese inspired patterns.  

 

Tuesday, August 8

Botanical printing with different mordants. Make different botanical prints with local leaves, work on your knowledge of what plants will work and which will not, and how you can predict the results. With different mordants you will learn to manipulate the shades you create in your prints.

 

Thursday, August 10

Botanical printing and indigo. We will combine what we have learned so far and create a dazzling piece for you to treasure, combining plant prints with indigo.

 

Friday, August 11

 Open studio, choose to dye or print your own piece under guidance

Saturday, Ausugst 12

Breakfast and shuttle.

Program #2: August 13-19

Botanical Printing

The best fit for students with some natural dyeing experience. Focused more on botanical printing

Sunday August 13

Arrival dinner 6:00

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Monday, August 14

Specific mordant recipes and botanical prints treatment for cotton.

Create samples with different leaves.

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Wednesday, August 16

Adding background color to your botanical prints.

Thursday, August 17

Learn different techniques for working with color.

Friday, August 18

Open studio

Choose a technique that you preferred most and make a large botanical print.

Farewell dinner

Saturday, Ausugst 19

Breakfast and shuttle.

Tuesday, August 15

Mordants and tannins. We will create a project on silk using different combinations.

 

About Suzanne Dekel

"Hi, I'm Suzanne Tamar Dekel – international natural dye expert and workshop facilitator.

Growing up, I was always fascinated by color, history and music, and surrounded myself with beautiful, vibrant colors and tones. I often find myself exploring the woods and fields near my home, searching for new hues and researching the natural coloring processes that occur in nature.

Over the years I've gained in-depth knowledge and expertise in natural dye processes – both historical and modern, and love sharing this abundance with the world.

With over two decades of teaching experience in South America, Europe and the Middle East, I've been able to relay the beauty and intricacy of natural dyes, music and history to diverse audiences globally. 

My online and in-person workshops will teach you about dye processes, and allow you to experience the thrill and softness of the intricate, complex procedure in a methodical, welcoming environment. "

Join me in creating and exploring new colors and ideas! 

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Testimonials

“San Miguel is a beautiful town and very welcoming to tourists. Suzanne was so generous with her time and knowledge in sharing all about natural dyeing and botanical printing. It was a great week and I met some lovely people. Highly recommend the location and the coursework.” ~Becca Riley

I was new to the fascinating and somewhat complicated world of natural dyes and botanical printing when I took Suzanne’s workshop in San Miguel. Suzanne is an excellent teacher who has honed her own skills through years of experimentation and her own natural dye business.  Her orderly approach, clear explanations, generosity, and patience gave me the foundation I needed - and the passion - to continue on my own. 

~Mary Jane Henley
 

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Reserve Your Room

In order to reserve your spot, please choose your room, fill out the registration form, note your room choice in the form and send a $500 non-refundable deposit to lindalaino@gmail.com through  Zelle or Paypal.  All final payments are due by March 1, 2023.

Please Note:  For Paypal, PLEASE use the "friends and family" option, otherwise, please add the 3.5% fee to your payment. There is no extra fee to pay through Zelle.

Please select your room and note it in the registration form. Rooms can be shared at no extra cost.

$2540

#1 Twin Beds

Reserved

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#9, 10, 11, Double

#9, #10 # 11 Reserved

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#2, 14, One King, OR # 3, 4, 5, 19, Two Doubles

#2, #3, #4 Reserved

$3275

Registration

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#17, 12, 20 King Suite

#17, 12, 20 RESERVED

#6, 7, 8 Two Queen Beds Suite 

# 8 Reserved

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About San Miguel de Allende

Mexico is a huge country that offers its visitors an amazing amount of diversity. San Miguel de Allende is located in the geographical center of the country and is said to be built upon a bed of crystal quartz. Many people believe this legend aids in the “magical” quality so often associated with this town. San Miguel is a peaceful, safe environment, full of friendly people, sophistication and charm to spare. It is small, but far from sleepy. The streets are always full of visitors and locals in a lively and festive atmosphere.

There is more than plenty to see and do on off hours during the retreat. The weather in September is temperate. Most days you can count on very cool mornings, warm to hot sunny afternoons, and slightly cooler evenings. Think layers and bring a light sweater. There is virtually no humidity. San Miguel is quite hilly in parts, and the streets are cobbled. You will most likely be doing a lot of walking (the best way to see the town!), so we suggest to bring good shoes.

We are at 6000 feet and if you have not been in high altitudes, you may feel a bit tired the first day or two. Luckily, there are numerous cafes, parks and plazas for rest and refreshments all over town. There are also ample and inexpensive cabs (and Uber) available should you need a break from the walking. The cab drivers, incidentally are some of the best locals to practice your Spanish with!

The web is full of articles and videos about San Miguel. Here are two to whet your whistle:

"The Best City in the World"

"San Miguel de Allende Travel Guide"

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About Linda Laino

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Linda is an artist, writer and teacher who received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She has lived in San Miguel de Allende for almost ten years where she formally taught English Language Arts and continues to paint and write. She has organized writing and painting retreats of her own in San Miguel and is recently sharing her love and knowledge of this charming and colorful town with other artists and teachers. Her many pleasures in San Miguel include terrace cocktails with friends, hiking in the countryside and feeding the hummingbirds. Her painting and writing can be accessed here:

www.lindalaino.com wordsandpictures.lindalaino.com.

Retreat Waiver

All participants are asked to download and sign the waiver form and provide  emergency contact info. Please email to: lalainoaart@yahoo.com.

Linda will provide all participants with a "Survival Guide" with lots of info about SMA, recommended restaurants and useful phone numbers.

Cancellation Policy Please Review

All deposits and balances for workshops are non-refundable.  We understand that it is sometimes difficult to plan ahead for a trip such as this and these uncertain times have created a bit more challenge. We thank you for your understanding of the need for these policies on our end. We ask that retreat participants be vaccinated. Note: Mexico never closed its borders to travelers during 2020. Masking, as well as sanitary precautions are still taking place as a rule here in San Miguel.

All  balances are due March 1, 2023.

Please read our full cancellation policy here.

 

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We look forward to welcoming you to San Miguel in 2023! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. For more info on the workshop, please contact Suzanne : suzannedekel@gmail.com For questions about San Miguel, please contact Linda: lindalaino@gmail.com.

Two-Day Local Workshop

August 21-22

Location: Hacienda de las Flores

Hospicio #16, San Miguel de Allende

9:30-12:30

2:30-4:00

Limit: 15 spaces

Botanical printing and play with indigo.

Day one: sample works 

Day two: print a shawl

Cost: $385 includes $50 materials fee and shawl. If you are interested in this workshop, please email Linda directly for registration and payment procedure: lalainoart@yahoo.com

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