Red is an elusive color to achieve and for much of European history, the quest for Holy Grail of colors resulted in pale, pinkish, orangey reds or ones that faded to brown. Thousands of years ago, however, Mesoamericans discovered that pinching an insect found on prickly pear cacti yielded a blood-red stain on fingers and fabric. The tiny creature—a parasitic scale insect known as cochineal—was transformed into a precious commodity.
Join Dr. Janette Knowles, head of the Art Department and Director of Wehrle Gallery at Ohio Dominican University, in this evening exploring the breathtaking reds and fuschias which result from the cochineal bug. Workshop participants will be introduced to the rich ancient Mesoamerican tradition of creating red with cochineal and then dye a selection of textile samples to make into a boro stitch project.
All materials will be provided in a project kit but participants should bring embroidery needles and scissors.
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