Adult Programs

Natural Dyes Workshop: Layering with Indigo and Marigold (in person)

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.

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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. 

  • Learn about the indigo plant, the process of making a vat, methods of dye extraction, vat maintenance, and examples of historical and contemporary art works, including shibori. 
  • Learn about growing, harvesting, and making a dye bath using marigold flowers. 
  • Experiment on silk swatches, practicing techniques to produce different colors and looks.   
  • Dye a silk scarf to take home with you.

Dye supplies are provided; you’ll just need to bring a few things from home (see the Supplies tab for more information). Enjoy this chance to experiment with color using natural dyes.

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COVID-19 Precautions: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines

Notes:

  • This class will be held outdoors, weather permitting.
  • Limited to 12 participants.

Supplies: 

  • Bring an apron or dress ready for the mess.
  • Bring rubber dish gloves that go past the wrist.
  • Bring a notebook or journal and a pen.

Rachel Davis, natural dyes artist and instructor

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. Rachel’s work has been exhibited in national venues, including the Holter Museum of Fine Art, Helena, Montana; Evergreen Galleries, Olympia, Washington; and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in Madison, WI.

Rachel 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, Rachel teaches natural dye techniques in the Textiles Department at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

 

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