Adult Opportunities

Natural Dyes on Silk

Hand-dye fabric using botanical dyes.

Content Detail

Learn the contemporary and historic practice of natural dyes in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Each week will focus on a particular color and botanical source: indigo, madder (red), and weld (yellow). In addition, a Japanese technique of applying patterns to fabric, called shibori, will be introduced each week. Participants will learn the process of dying and apply techniques to create a surface pattern on silk each week. All supplies are included.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Rachel Davis, artist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: A142


Rachel Davis, artist

Rachel Davis received her BA from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her work has been exhibited in national venues including the Holter Museum of Fine Art in Helena, Montana; Evergreen Galleries in Olympia, Washington; and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters in Madison, Wisconsin. She completed a year-long artist-in-residence at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago in 2018 and an artist-in-residence at the DuPage Children’s Museum in 2019. Currently, she teaches natural dye techniques in the textiles department at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

What to Know

Dyeing supplies are included.

Please bring a pair of long kitchen gloves.

Dress for a mess! Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, or bring an apron.

Program Schedule

This program includes the following three meeting times.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Classroom E, Thornhill Education Center


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