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On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about color and dye with my guest, Carol Soderlund.
An artist and educator for 25 years, Carol’s curiosity about the range of color derived from yellow, red, and blue dyes led to her creation of her Color Mixing system for dyers. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples to guide the student.
A former high school teacher, Carol was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals.
Carol is co-author of Playful Fabric Printing with Melanie Testa. She has shown her quilts in juried venues across the country, winning awards including Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
We talk about how Carol first began dyeing fabric back in 1988 when she couldn’t find a gradient of gray fabrics for a quilt she was working on. She then began to study color theory in an intensive way over the next several years, resulting in what she calls the “cube model.”
While taking a week-long class with Nancy Crow where her work was acknowledged as unique in the world of dyeing, Carol began teaching nationally and internationally, bringing together her love of color with her skills as an educator. Carol shares some helpful advice on how to become a national teacher.
Carol and Melanie collaborated to write their book and we talk about how that relationship came about and the ups and downs of getting the book published and out into the world.
In the conversation we mention:
- Crafting a Life
- Jan Myers-Newbury
- Elin Noble’s book Dyes & Paints: A Hands-On Guide to Coloring Fabric
- Carol’s embroidery Instagram account
And, of course, I ask Carol to recommend great stuff she’s loving right now. Carol recommends:
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