Introduction to Natural Dyeing

January 21 - January 28, 2024

Introduction to Natural Dyeing

$220.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $175
Material Fee: $45

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 of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. Along the way we’ll discuss the history and chemistry of natural dyes, and experiment with resist techniques for creating pattern. Each class session will open with a demonstration, followed by virtual open studio time for participants to get their hands dirty and their questions answered. A materials kit will be mailed to participants prior to the start of class, including dyes, indigo, mordants, and fabric. International participants will be refunded the materials fee and provided with a materials list.

This class will be conducted live on Zoom. Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Natalie Stopka

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.

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