Sat, Oct 26
Claverack, NY
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Natural Dye Workshop with Katrina Rodabaugh

River Valley Arts Collective will present a workshop exploring natural dyes made with foraged plant material taught by local artist, writer, and crafter Katrina Rodabaugh on October 26.

The Hudson Valley landscape is brimming with natural dye potential. In this introductory workshop we’ll locate, identify and harvest local plants that produce beautiful color on biodegradable fibers like cotton, linen, silk, and wool. We’ll demystify the use of mordants and why they are important in binding plant color to fiber.

This workshop is designed for artists and suited to both the curious beginner and the intermediate dyer who is seeking a broader palette of wildcrafted color. After exploring the landscape, participants will prepare dye pots, generate several shades using various fibers, mordants, and modifiers and leave with samples, a pamphlet with resources and step-by-step instructions, and the confidence to continue deepening this creative practice.

Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Since August 2013 she’s been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade or secondhand garments over factory fashion. Her best-selling book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More, was published in October 2018 by Abrams Books. Visit www.katrinarodabaugh.comfor more information.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 1 to 4:30pm

Claverack, NY