Natural Dyeing: Summer Colors




9 am - 1 pm

Learn to work with a palette of vivid natural dye colors in this in-depth workshop led by artist and naturalist Erin Berkowitz of Berbo Studio. Natural color is all around us, and together we’ll brew colorful dyes from commonly found plants, minerals, and even insects—bright pink from cochineal, sunny yellow from marigolds, gray from oak galls, and green from pomegranate skins.

In class you’ll learn the natural dyeing process from beginning to end, from preparing fabrics for dye (two silk bandanas will be provided for each participant) to processing dyestuff, and finally exploring inspiring techniques for layering color and creating patterns as we work with the colorful dyes we’ve created.

We’ll start class with the essential first step to creating lasting natural color—a process called mordanting—and from there will explore some of the fascinating history, ethnobotany, and varied techniques of the natural dye world in an engaging presentation. In the second half of class we’ll process and brew our dyes, which in the last hour we’ll use to create vivid color on provided silk bandanas. (We’ll break briefly around 11:30, so plan to bring lunch or snacks to enjoy between dyeing activities.)

You’ll leave with dye recipes and knowledge to repeat the process on your own at home, and two vividly dyed silk textiles to wear or gift! This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, ages 12+.


Public | $150

Member | $135

Important Note About Materials: All material needed will be provided for this class.

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