Lighthouse ArtCenter Explores The Magic, Mystery And Folklore Of Indigo Dyeing With Suzanne Connors With Demo And Separate Workshop Opportunity

In today’s society, modern ways of production often cultivate uniformity, speed, efficiency and mediocrity.  On Thursday, October 19, 2017  celebrated fiber artist, Suzanne Connors, from Aya Fiber Studio, takes the stage in the Lighthouse ArtCenter as she discusses the Slow Cloth Movement and demonstrates Shibori dying techniques with indigo. Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery and folklore. Discover how the leaves “make blue” by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat. In a reaction that startles the imagination, this color emerges as vivid chartreuse and turns to rich velvet blue before our eyes. This breath taking transformation introduces a new respect for the exquisite elements available in the natural world.  Suzanne will give a Workshop on November 18th where participants can actual dye cloth with indigo themselves! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to make a reservation!




373 Tequesta Drive    Tequesta, Florida 33469
(561) 746-3101






Suzanne Connors, from Aya Fiber Studio


Slow Cloth Movement and Demonstration of Indigo Dying

Thursday, October 19, 2017

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Free to members, nonmembers $10

Enjoy the world class artwork in our current Faculty, Ceramics and 3D Exhibition, as well as delicious wines and hors d’oeuvres

3rd Thursday Events are sponsored by the generous support of the Meyer Law Firm


Photo courtesy of Aya Fiber Studio



The Slow Cloth movement provides a thoughtful approach to the making of textiles that connects us to our inner and outer worlds. Just as the Slow Food movement nourishes the body, the Slow Cloth Movement nourishes the soul; opting for creativity over efficiency. Slow Cloth is not about the time it takes to create textiles, but about how things are appropriately made. Slow Cloth is not a technique, it is an awareness of our creative process, and where our textiles come from. Slow Cloth is a connection to our past and our future. It is preserving cultural traditions while keeping in mind our sustainable future; It is focusing on process, quality, skill, mastery, joy, community, sustainability, contemplation, and preserving tradition all while honoring innovation and self-expression. For the Fiber Artist it is the journey, not the destination. If one seeks, recognizes, honors and develop these qualities in their work, then textiles become a source of meaning and deep satisfaction, connection and nourishment. This thoughtful approach lends itself naturally to all forms of fiber-art; weaving, knitting, sewing, embroidery, hand dyeing, quilting, printing, beadwork, or any other form of working with textiles.



In her studio Suzanne works mainly with natural indigo using traditional Shibori methods. Indigo is the true “living blue.” It is not just a color, but a sense of culture that has a mind of its own. Indigo is a challenging dye because it is not soluble in water. To be dissolved, it must undergo a chemical change called reduction. Reduction converts indigo into “white indigo” (leuco-indigo). When a submerged fabric is removed from the dyebath, the white indigo quickly combines with oxygen in the air and reverts to the insoluble, intensely colored indigo. When it first became widely available in Europe in the 16th century, European dyers and printers struggled with indigo because of this distinctive property Suzanne will be giving a demonstration on how indigo fabrics are dyed and show a few examples of traditional indigo dyed Shibori.




Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art

395 Seabrook Road  Tequesta, FL 33469

(561) 748-8737

NOVEMBER 18, 2017

10 AM – 3 PM   with a break for lunch

• Workshop Cost: $125.00 members / $150 nonmembers
• Materials fee: $15.00/ person (to be paid to instructor at class time)

To register or get more information contact:

Jennifer Chaparro  561-748-8737

The complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating and students will soon appreciate how rituals have grown around the making and using of a successful vat. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dyeing, such as Shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful graded hues which are so typical of indigo.


Students will initially learn how an indigo vat is made. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. Natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be ‘reduced’ using a commercially available chemical. While the vat develops, students will be shown Shibori techniques: a folded and clamped method, and a twisted and tied technique. Students can expect to make several pillow or napkin sized samples


Beginner and intermediate

• Instructor will provide (6) pieces sample materials for class but it is suggested that students also bring additional fibers
• Instructor will provide the appropriate # of indigo vats/ rinse buckets/ paper covering for tables
• Instructor will provide materials to create Shibori- wood blocks, clamps, sewing needles, rubber bands, rocks, marbles, arashi poles



• a pair of new rubber gloves
• cotton string
• a seam-picker or small pair of sharp scissors
• an old shirt or apron – and please wear old clothes
• closed-toe shoes
• (1) item of clothing you wish to “upcycle” with your new skills
• Various fabric samples in different fibers- 24” x 24” or a set of 100% cotton or linen napkins- PRE SCOURED
• PRE SCOUR ALL Fabrics before bringing to class (wash in Hot water with mild soap- boil for 20-30 minutes


For more information about this exhibit, upcoming events and classes:

Lighthouse ArtCenter

373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta, Florida 33469

(561) 746-3101




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17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Don’t Miss Jennifer Love Gironda’s Five Year Retrospective, “Works Of heART”

In January, 2012, Jennifer Love Gironda made a commitment to making art every day.  She hasn’t missed a day since, creating well over 1100 works!  To celebrate this achievement, Her artwork will be exhibited as a five year Retrospective “Works of heART” taking place at the Sunrise Civic Center Gallery in Sunrise, FL.  The free Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, December 3rd.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.


“W O R K S   of    heART”


Jennifer Love Gironda

Opening Reception:

Saturday, December 3rd

6:30 pm



Gallery Hours:

Tuesday and Friday   10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday and Thursday  Noon – 7pm

Saturday  10 am – 3 pm

Sunrise Civic Center Gallery

10610 W.Oakland Park Blvd.     Sunrise, FL 33351








Jen tells The Rickie Report, “Life is tough and full of negative truths. In my own life I have known poverty, instability and loss of loved ones. For me, making art fills up those dark places with light and love. My goal is to put some whimsy and light out into the world, a little of my heART.  I am inspired by the female face, by fashion, by flowing hair. I love color, and texture. My favorite artists include artists from history, such as Mucha, Klimt, Chagall, Kahlo, and Gruau. I’m also influenced by artists working today in a variety of genres, from the street art of Kailua, the altered books of Teesha Moore, the mixed media works of Sunny Carvalho, the textiles of Susan Sorrell and fashion illustrations.




Jennifer Love Gironda , “May 27, 2015”




“The faces I create are an ongoing narrative of the happenings of a contemporary, quirky woman who is not afraid to be happy, sad, serious or downright silly. I depict her in a variety of moods, with stretched out limbs so that she can handle her daily adventures with grace. I always opt for an exaggerated eye to maximize her expression, which is often a state of wonder at the world around her.  I explore this character through diverse styles and a variety of media within monthly themes, creating a new piece each day. Often times I will include hints of my own daily happenings, such as places I am visiting or people that I am around. While my work is spontaneous, the way in which I work- daily art within monthly themes, is very structured and organized, which gives me a sense of calm”.




Jennifer Love Gironda “January 25, 2013”



Jen also has a side passion called  ‘Angel Dropping’. She leaves small angel paintings for people to find, often in places where she feel folks could really use an angel, like in the recovery or loss section of the book store. “The thought of people finding these angels, or looking at my art and it making them smile feels my heart with joy and love…I put that back into making more work”.






Jennifer Love Gironda “February 27, 2014”




“I grew up in North Carolina, where I lived pretty much my whole life except for a year in San Diego, California (…moved there on a whim…that’s a good story, too!) My husband and I came to Florida in 2009 so he could pursue a doctoral degree from Florida Atlantic University. He was hired as a professor at Nova Southeastern.  My formal training is from the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. I received my BFA and MAEd from ECU, focusing on not only Art Education but also Textile studio. I have training in drawing, painting, ceramics, metals, and of course fibers. I feel in love with textiles my sophomore year of college when I was hand weaving a small tapestry…this led me to take five studios of weaving and also studios in Surface Design. Screen Printing, dye-work and hand embellishment/beadwork are my favorite textiles techniques but I always go back to my first loves, drawing and painting”.





Jennifer Love Gironda, “Bee Hive”





Since earning my Master’s degree in 2009 I took time to focus on my teaching. I earned my National Board Teacher Certification in 2010 and became a successful grant writer to get materials and offer enriching experiences to my students. I currently teach high school art…and I love it! I am a member of the Palm Beach Art Educator’s Association and have been active on the Board of Directors for the Florida Art Educator’s Association. I’m also a contributor for Art Hive Magazine, where I write an article called, ‘Artin’ with the Muse’ and also work with Social Media.   When I am not teaching or working, I am making art…ALWAYS making art.  Maya Angelou said it best, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” I believe that whole-heartedly”.




For more information about Jennifer Love Gironda’s artwork:






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