Adult Programs

Natural Dyes Workshop: Shibori Scarf (in person)

Discover the magic of indigo dye and create your own silk scarf.

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Discover the magic of indigo dye and create your own silk scarf.  In this introductory hands-on workshop, you will learn about the indigo plant, the process of making a vat, methods of dye extraction, vat maintenance, and examples of historical and contemporary artworks including shibori. Together, you will make an indigo vat and use shibori techniques to prep fabric and dye samples on cotton swatches. Then create a shibori scarf on silk as your final project.

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



Please bring an apron or clothes ready for a mess, rubber dish gloves that go past the wrist, a notebook, and a pen. All other supplies included. Limit 12

Rachel Davis, artist

Rachel Davis received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and her M.F.A. 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, IL 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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