Learn to create a striking range of blue, yellow, and green by layering indigo and marigold on silk in this hands-on natural dyes workshop at The Morton Arboretum.
In this class, you will learn
- about the indigo plant,
- the process of making a vat and vat maintenance,
- methods of dye extraction, and
- how to grow, harvest, and make a dye bath using marigold flowers.
Explore examples of historical and contemporary artworks, including shibori. Experiment on silk swatches, practicing techniques to produce different colors and looks. Then use your new understanding to dye a silk scarf to take home with you. Enjoy this chance to experiment with color using natural dyes. Dye supplies are provided.
This program meets in person at the Arboretum.
Instructor: Rachel Davis
Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.
Age: 16 and older