Tamara Klassen is a textile artist from Southern Manitoba. After learning to sew from her grandmother at a young age, she developed a love for textiles early on. Her work at Tamara Klassen Artisan Textiles focuses on traditional techniques, learned from her travels around the world, mixed with a modern design aesthetic. Working with predominately natural fibres and plant dyes such as indigo, she creates one-of-a-kind art pieces and home goods using resist-dyeing methods. Each piece is handmade and dyed in her home studio.
Tamara had such a good time teaching classes at the 2018 Festival, she decided to join us as a vendor this year, and we are thrilled to have her. Her beautiful work reflects her travels and her in-depth studies of the art of natural dyeing.
Tamara recently launched a line of naturally dyed, organic cotton thread perfect for embroidery, sashiko, mending and whatever other projects you might dream up. She is selling them through her Etsy shop Foraged Dyeworks.
Each colour is derived from plants, including roots, bark, flowers and leaves, as well as animals and minerals, which makes the process friendly to the earth while creating colours with amazing depth and beauty. Get to her booth early because these beauties will sell fast!
Tamara is teaching two classes at the 2019 Festival:
Natural Dyeing on Friday September 13: two spots open as of today.
and Sashiko Hand Stitching on Saturday September 14. Sorry, this one is already sold out but you can put your name on the waiting list.