Painting with Natural Dyes with Liz Spencer of Dogwood Dyer
October 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 11 AM- 2 PM
Come learn, experiment, and play with the time-honored art of natural dyeing with Liz Spencer of The Dogwood Dyer. Whether it’s locally foraged plants, organic homegrown dyestuffs or natural extracts, participants will gain knowledge of how to make their own paints from scratch and come away with an understanding of the successful direct application of paint onto a cloth. Natural dyes are aptly suited for more than just textile application and can be effective on other natural porous substances like paper and wood too.
Liz will demonstrate the proper methods for achieving a wash and lightfast 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.
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 of textiles or dyes is required. Participants will leave with their own original painting compositions, as well as informational handouts outlining natural dye painting techniques and recipes to recreate this beautiful art at home.