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SOLD OUT - Organic Indigo Workshop with Liz Spencer the Dogwood Dyer

  • Brooklyn Grange Clinton Ave & Flushing Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11205 United States (map)

This workshop is SOLD OUT. Please visit our upcoming events calendar for other great workshops this fall.

Event Description

In this natural dye workshop led by the Dogwood Dyer's Liz Spencer, participants will be exploring a multitude of ways to work with the king of natural dye stuffs: Indigo. We'll be sharing in the unique experience of dyeing with organic indigo that was grown in the United States to make a vat as well as learning how to paint with indigo pigment. Together with participants we will create an organic indigo vat from scratch where the chemistry and science will be thoroughly explained. Unlike many modern indigo dye baths that are prepared quickly with a synthetic reducing agent, this workshop will use only natural ingredients to activate the dyeing power of the indigo vat.

Learn the science behind the nature of indigo while experiencing the alchemistic wonder of its transformation from indigo "white" to yellow then green to blue! This dye is perfectly suited for experimenting with shibori- traditional tie, bind, and stitch techniques. Liz will demonstrate her favorites including itajime and encourage students to try their hand at surface and pattern design including painting with indigo, as well as the special experience of a simple fresh leaf process that produces shades of aqua and teal using local & organically grown indigo plants!

Participants will each receive a variety of natural fabrics to test and dye with are also encouraged to bring their own medium to small sized natural fiber (cotton, wool, silk, linen, etc.) garment or item to dye in the vat (ensure your personal item to dye has been washed well beforehand).


Liz Spencer- also known as The Dogwood Dyer, has years of experience foraging, growing & processing plants for dye in both urban and rural locations. Her most recent experience of tending a dye garden nestled between rows of her family's heritage orange grove in California on the cusp of an ever sprawling human population has taught her much about water conservation, waste stream tapping and how to push her craft in a more sustainable and environmentally sound manner. 

She holds a Master of Arts from the world's leading sustainable fashion graduate program  'Fashion Futures' at the London College of Fashion where she discovered natural dyeing. She has taught fashion, sustainability, and natural dyeing at Parsons the New School and continually teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was a venture fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA) and now splits her time each year teaching between California and New York with the ambition to increase sustainable literacy & practices in the fashion and textiles industries.

She is now finding a new rhythm by the ocean in San Clemente, CA with her partner and two small children.


PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, Brooklyn Grange will not provide credit or refunds for tickets purchased on our website for a workshop, dining event, yoga class, or tour.  Events take place rain or shine. Please understand that buying a ticket to one of our events is no different from buying a concert ticket, theater ticket, or movie ticket. You are always welcome to gift your class to a friend if you cannot make it!

Please let us know if you would like to attend but are unable to do so due to registration fees. We are happy to extend a discount or full scholarship to low income members of our community. If you know an organization or an individual who might be well served by this program, please tell them to reach out to us via email at Brooklyn Grange recognizes that everyone’s situation is unique and we understand that there are circumstances beyond income, but please consider that we have our own bottom line to hit, and an ecosystem whose health depends on the financial sustainability of our organization. Please consider your privilege (ie. education, generational wealth, parental and community support, partnership status and other circumstances that may offer you a safety net which allows more resilience when financial setbacks occur)* before reaching out. Note that we we may ask for proof of income before we are able to make a determination of eligibility.

*Thank you to our friends at Farm School NYC for this language. 

Earlier Event: October 16
Farm Tour | Brooklyn Navy Yard
Later Event: October 19
Farm Tour | Long Island City