Josephine Clarke is a textile artist whose expertise lies in the use of plant-based dyes and pigments. After earning her Bachelor of Design in fashion design and technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, she was accepted as an artist in residence with the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. She operates her business at the Customs House Artisan Incubator. She teaches classes with the CBCCD, as well as community organizations such as CEPI-Bras D’or Lakes. Her practice is centered around the use of natural and plant-based dyes, and zero waste methodology. She makes use of materials overlooked or discarded.
Workshops and Activities
I offer workshops that are themed to match curriculum or general interest lessons. I am a textile artist specializing in natural and plant based dyes. I do hand painting, block printing, stencil printing, as well as shibori, which is similar to tie dye. My work is relevant to a variety of curriculum. What a lot of people may not know is I use math and chemistry in my daily work. ( use of different acids and bases. I also use geometry and block repeats when I make prints) There is also a historical/heritage component to my work. The dyes I use were often used by pioneers and early settlers. Dyes that I use such as Indigo and logwood bark also have important roles in the history of trade. Silk Road, Ancient societies etc
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Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise
Textiles/Fabric, Collage, Performance/Installation, Print Making, Photography