A Beginner’s Guide to Natural Dye
Come learn the art of natural dye. In this two hour workshop, you’ll gain a basic understanding of how to dye plant based fibers through the use of common plants and household materials. We’ll discuss the differences between cellulose and protein fibers as well as proper preparation of fibers including how to scour and mordant. Julia will take you through various dyestuffs one could use including avocado, citrus rinds, onion skins, black walnut, and more. Each person will leave with their own naturally dyed handkerchief.
Julia Michael is a Portland based queer multimedia artist. They are a graduate of Warren Wilson College where they learned traditional craft processes and got their degree in studio sculpture. Currently they split their time between working on ceramics at Running With Scissors Studios and exploring fiber arts and natural dye processes in their home studio. They are excited to share what they’ve learned with you!
Student Material List:
- Note pad and pencil for note taking
- Water, snack, hat, sunblock (Anything you might need to be outside for a couple of hours)
- A piece of clothing or fabric you’d like to dye