Backyard Dyes


Sun, May 19th, 10:00am – 1:00pm


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Backyard Dyes

Date: Sunday, May 19, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Natural dyes take time and patience and what better way to pass that time than among new friends and nature? This class introduces the basic of natural dyes, outdoors, in the most fitting of settings, nature! Gathered around boiling pots of plant material, fire and flora, we will explore the fundamentals of natural dyes while working together to stir pots and coax color from plant material. We will experiment with different dyes and mordants (the compounds that help the dye stick to the fabric) to create beautiful pieces of fabric touched by nature. Each student will be provided with two cotton handkerchiefs for dying. Feel free to bring your own natural fibers to experiment with as well. This class will take place on a small ranch approximately 25 minutes east of downtown Prescott. Students will need to provide their own transportation to the ranch. Register early, class size is limited to 8 students.

Location: On a small ranch aproximately 25 minutes east of downtown Prescott. Students will need to provide their own transportation to the ranch. Addrese will be provided to registered students.

Instructor: Brit Hessler, Herbalist and Artist

About the Instructor: Brit Hessler is an herbalist and interdisciplinary artist. She received her BFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work includes weaving, printing and photography. Brit studied southern folk medicine with Phyllis D. Light. Her work as an artist and her expertise in plant dyes is inspired by her passion for herbalism and nature, comparative mysticism and the vagabond life. Brit grew up in the southeastern United States but heard the call of the desert and recently relocated to Arizona.


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