Natalie Stopka

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Natalie Stopka is an interdisciplinary artist and educator focused on the material history of color and sustainable studio practice. Utilizing natural dyes and handmade pigments, she captures material and elemental interactions in her collaborative, experimental art practice. Raised on the south coast of Massachusetts, she earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Her studio and dye garden are in Yonkers, New York.


Making Cochineal Ink

6:00pm to 7:00pm EST Cochineal ink is a brilliantly colored writing and drawing medium connected to an ancient lineage of craft. Made from the cochineal insect who feeds exclusively on […]

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Making Buckthorn Yellow Lake Pigment

6:00pm to 7:00pm EST Buckthorn Yellow Lake is a vibrant, opaque yellow for water-based media including watercolors and gouache, as well as crayons and pastels. This pigment is made from […]

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Making Indigo Clay Blue Pigment

6:00pm to 7:00pm Indigo Clay Blue, also called Maya blue, is inspired by the celestial blue decorating Mesoamerican sculpture. From the 9th through 16th century, this highly lightfast pigment was […]

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Making Eggshell White Pigment

Eggshell White is a beautiful, opaque warm white for water-based media including watercolors and gouache, as well as painting grounds and pastels. Chicken eggs are an age-old source of the […]

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Make your own Iron Gall Ink

6:00pm to 7:00pm EST Iron Gall Ink, made from commonplace oak galls, iron, and tree sap, was the ubiquitous and indelible European writing ink for centuries. Join Natalie Stopka in […]

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Making Handmade Watercolors

6:00pm to 7:00pm EST Watercolor paints are a surprisingly simple, non-toxic set of artist’s colors to make at home. Utilizing natural pigments and binders with historically-inspired tools, Natalie Stopka will […]

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Introduction to Natural Dyeing

January 21 & 28 ~ 1:00pm to 3:30pm EST This virtual workshop will introduce you to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable natural dyes. Participants will learn the basics […]

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