Natural Dyes: Kitchen to Color
with Katrina Rodabaugh
Sunday, August 23, 2:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$85 includes material, limit 10 students
In this introductory natural dye workshop, we’ll work with a sample of natural color that comes straight from our kitchens. Students will experiment with various natural fibers including wool, silk, cotton, and linen to see how the different fibers result in different color. We’ll experiment with fabric, yarn, and paper but will focus on natural fabrics. We’ll discuss bountiful dye materials in our kitchens, yards, and along our sidewalks and hiking paths.
Natural dyes are a powerful and alchemical source of color. Foods, leaves, flowers, and weeds hold the potential for beautiful natural hues. Each season brings a new bounty of dye potential in our gardens and parks, and with a little attunement we can start to see even our city sidewalks as dye sources. But our kitchens also hold incredible power to create dynamic colors all year round. Some dye materials are even useful as the food is on its way to the compost bin. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of natural dyes, working with natural fibers, and how to source a handful of bountiful dye sources for your own projects.
All necessary materials will be provided. Students will have the opportunity to prepare the dyes, test various fabrics and fibers, and leave with a sample of materials. We will dye fabric, yarn, and paper alongside various natural fibers to see the range of hues. Note: Please wear studio garments that are not too precious to be in close proximity to various dyes. You are welcome to bring a notebook if you’d like to record notes. The instructor will also bring samples of her own dye projects, favorite natural dye books, and offer additional resources for participants to continue their natural dye study outside of the classroom.
Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Her artwork, designs, and writing have appeared in galleries, theaters, magazines, and arts venues across the country. She’s received grants, residencies, and awards for her work and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College where she trained and taught in the Book Arts Studio. Her blog, Made by Katrina, won the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. She is currently on a fast fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to deepen her commitment to sustainable fashion, natural dyes, sewing, mending, and preserving garments. Her first book, The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books was published by Quarry Books in January 2015.