Using fresh plants and plants and mineral extracts you will gain knowledge and experiment with the direct application of paint onto cloth. The Dogwood Dyer's Liz Spencer will demonstrate the proper methods for achieving wash and light fast results with natural dyes on various types of natural fabrics and share her tips and secrets for advanced techniques using natural thickeners and resists, outlining the whole process from plant to painted composition. No previous dyeing knowledge necessary. Each participant will leave with silk and organic cotton scarves in a palette of beautiful natural colors, their own original painting compositions and a handout outlining natural dye painting techniques and recipes to recreate this beautiful art at home.
About The Dogwood Dyer:
Liz Spencer is owner and operator of The Dogwood Dyer, an all-natural dyeing service that uses locally grown and foraged plants as well as ethically sourced dyestuffs to help create sustainable accessories, garments, and home goods. Her process involves minimal water consumption, with 80 percent of the refuse water recycled back into her gardens. An advocate for the education of ethically conscious design, she teaches sustainability, fashion, and natural dyeing at FIT and Parsons The New School for Design, and she spent a year as a venture fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. Spencer holds a BA from Linfield College, in Oregon, and an MA in sustainable fashion from the London College of Fashion. She teaches workshops independently in southern California and the New York City area.
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