An Abundance of Color: Foraged and Farmed Natural Dyes
These two weekend workshops will immerse you in the practice of foraging for dye materials from the local fields and forests, as well as introduce you to dye gardening. We will discover and collect from the abundance of seasonal flowers, leaves, roots, mushrooms and lichen that grows around my southern Vermont studio and dye with what we bring back.
There are a couple of spaces available for the September workshop.
Email any questions to Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will progress through the full natural dyeing process from mordanting fibers, making dye solutions of different concentrations, and seeing what colors emerge. Topics covered will include: ethical foraging practices, methods of preserving different dye materials to retain color potential, extraction techniques, dyeing and over-dyeing for a range of colors, and color and light fastness. I will encourage you to be curious and explore and play!
The same workshop will be given both weekends, the only difference being what dye plants are in season. The September weekend will likely have more chances of finding dye mushrooms and and the August weekend will have more summer wildflowers. We will augment what we find with my stash of preserved materials, so we will have lots to play with regardless of the weather and seasonal productivity. Examples of dyes we will likely explore include:
We will be spending several hours outside foraging and harvesting off of trails, on uneven ground in unknown weather conditions! The dye studio setup also blends between indoor and outdoor spaces with a possibility of mosquito encounters in some weather conditions. I will provide various bug repellants for everyone to use.
My studio and home at 284 Brookline Rd., Athens, VT 05143
I will send out information on area accommodations for anyone coming from out of town.
Allergy note: Although she will not be here during the workshop and the entire place will be cleaned, there is a dog who lives in my house.
Workshop 1: August 11-12
Workshop 2: September 22-23
Saturday 9-5, followed by dinner and discussion
What to Bring:
The fine print:
Workshops are open to anyone 18 years old and up. Youth under 18 are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian if both register and pay the full cost of the workshop.
If you need to cancel, you must let me know at least a month in advance of your workshop in order to get a refund, minus your registration fee.
If a workshop does not have enough participants registered, Sky Like Snow reserves the right to cancel. In that event, you will be given the option to transfer your registration to another workshop with space, or receive a full refund (including the registration fee) via your original payment method.