In this workshop you will gain knowledge and experiment with the time honored art of natural dyeing. Participants will learn about the many plants, roots, berries, minerals, and insects that have been used for thousands of years to create color on cloth. Historical context as well as proper procedure to achieve the most vibrant and long lasting results will be covered. Liz Spencer of The Dogwood Dyer will discuss the innovators and pioneers in the modern day natural dye renaissance and how to work with natural colors in a sustainable, low impact way. Creative shibori and resist techniques to create pattern will be demonstrated while participants will have ample time to experiment and play with surface design. There will be 3 primary dye baths (red, yellow, blue) on hand, and when combined a whole color spectrum is attainable!
Participants are welcome to bring a small garment of their own to dye (natural fibers only: wool, cotton, silk, linen, etc.). Each participant will leave with silk and cotton scarves and comprehensive handouts outlining natural dye techniques, resources, and recipes to practice this beautiful art at home.
This is a 3 hour long intensive workshop geared towards folks with some previous dye experience, although beginners with a curious mind are always welcome!
About The Dogwood Dyer
Liz Spencer is the dogwood dyer. She creates high quality hand made accessories & garments from ethically sourced fibers & dyestuffs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Linfield College & a Master of Arts from the world’s leading sustainable fashion graduate program ‘Fashion Futures‘ (formerly know as ‘Fashion & the Environment’) from the London College of Fashion and now teaches fashion, sustainability, and natural dyeing at Parsons the New School and FIT. She is a venture fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA).
She has years of experience foraging, growing & processing natural dye plants. Liz also has years experience in subsistence & fiber farming sustainably with sheep, alpacas, llamas, goats, pigs & chickens. This work taught her much about the importance of the link between a happy balanced environment, happy animals, happy farmers & resilient local economies.