Using only nature's bounty you will gain knowledge and experiment with the time honored art of natural dyeing with The Dogwood Dyer. Using organic homegrown dyestuffs and natural extracts you will gain knowledge and experiment with the direct application of paint onto cloth. The dogwood dyer will demonstrate the proper methods for achieving wash and light fast results with natural dyes and share her tips and secrets for advanced techniques using natural thickeners and resists, outlining the whole process from plant to painted composition. Drawing on inspiration from nature's canvas, we invite you to observe and be inspired by the colors and patterns you can find amongst the late season flowers and herbs growing on the farm.
Most everyone has had to donate or downcycle garments or linens at some point due to everyday wear, spills, accidents and laundry mishaps. Following the dye techniques from this class, you can mask unsightly stains using the coloring power of plants. This project is for anyone looking to create and experiment with beautiful colors while doing no harm to the planet, your home and your body. No prior knowledge on textiles or dyes is required. Participants will leave with their own original painting compositions on various natural materials, as well as informational handouts outlining natural dye painting techniques and recipes to recreate this beautiful art at home.
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.
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD FARM. DETAILED DIRECTIONS CAN BE FOUND BY FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW.
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