Exploring the Wonderful World of Fabric Dyeing with Alex from Jacquard

August 13, 2021


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When: August 13th @ 11am (1.5hr demo)

Join Jacquard Product Developer Alex Preston for a fascinating introduction to the extensive Jacquard dye ranges. In this demo, Alex will attempt to demystify dyes and their application while sharing some unique dyes and accessories that can help you use dyes in unique ways.  This demo will be primarily lecture style with finished samples with an added quick demo using basic dyes with alcohol instead of water. Dyes are an elusive and often poorly understood medium among artists, who often have a better understanding of paints and pigments. Unlike paints, dyes are more often suited to colouring specific materials – whether cotton, silk, wood, or even plastic. Choosing the compatible dye for a surface can be the difference between achieving great color or getting nothing at all. This demo will be perfect for those looking to dip their toes into dyeing materials for the first time and experienced fabric artists alike!



Reha’s Demo Materials 

Various scraps of wood and leather, preferably light in color, old, discolored leather shoe

Jacquard Basic dyes in Crystal Violet, Malachite, and Red


Isopropyl alcohol

Small mixing cups

Plastic 1mL pipettes



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About the Artist

Alex Preston is a color scientist who oversees product development at Jacquard. As an artist, Alex was primarily a sculptor and airbrush artist who had little interest in dyes.  After a chance encounter with Asher Katz, owner of Jacquard, at his parents’ art supply store, Alex became obsessed with dyes and novel ways of using them. Today he is a dye expert helping people from all over the world with tricky coloring problems.  

About Jacquard

Jacquard was started because Deka stopped selling fabric dyes in North America. What began as a company selling silk colors out of Michael Katz’s garage has evolved into an art supply company selling 3000 different products from screen printing supplies, airbrush paint, several types of fabric paint, alcohol inks, and dyes for every fabric. Jacquard sells what they are interested in as artists, and they are interested in everything!



August 13, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm