Local Foraging & Natural Dyeing
Saturday, April 22nd
12 noon - 4 pm
$90 + $20 materials
Get to know the colorful bounty of Topanga Canyon by working with fresh plants foraged from and grown in the nearby ecosystem with The Dogwood Dyer's Liz Spencer. Natural dyeing can be fun, but the experience of using seasonal & regionally relevant plants as opposed to pre-extracted and imported powders provides a real connection to this age old process.
Class will start with a nature walk where we will explore the surroundings of Wild Mesa Topanga, identify plants and collect plants responsibly for the dyepot. After this winter's rains, we expect a very lush spring!
Students will come away with an understanding of natural dyeing with fresh raw dye stuffs, including the variance of color results from working with different parts of the plant, collected at different times of the harvest season as well as hue and depth change when extracting with hot vs. cold water. Liz will demonstrate her favorite surface design techniques including japanese stitched Shibori, Arashi and Itajime.
No previous dyeing knowledge necessary. Each participant will leave with a folio palette of regional color swatches in various sustainable fibers, a finished 35 x 35" silk scarf dyed with local color as well as informational handouts on how to repeat the process at home with local plants.
Please bring $20 materials fee to class.