Playing with Natural Dyes
Taught by Lori Bystrom
Lori Bystrom has a research background in ethnopharmacognosy and nutrition. In ethno-what? Basically she is experienced at identifying and isolating chemicals from natural products, especially from fruits, that are used as traditional medicines and foods or for cosmetics and textiles. Much of this research also overlaps with her artistic interests. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher in the medical field where she continues to assess the value of natural products for their therapeutic benefits.
I know at least some of you must be dying to learn how to
make natural dyes. Well, if so, come check out my beginner dye class where I will
give you a little history and chemistry lesson on natural dyes. I will also
teach you how to set up your own dye lab in your kitchen or backyard. In this
class you will dye two silk scarves and one velvet scarf. I will show you how
to create patterns on your scarves by tying, clamping, folding or imprinting
the scarves in different ways.
*Expect to get a little dirty so don't wear your best clothes.
*Expect to create different colors and patterns!
*Expect to have three scarves designed by you!
No materials are required but feel free to bring marbles, never-been-used stamps or small flat wooden shapes.