Mar02 to Sep07


1:00 pm




“This Good Earth”
First Saturday of the month from 1-5pm beginning December 2018 through September 2019, in The Paradise Center for the Arts textile lab. $40/month or $350 for all ten. Supply fee $5- $20/ month depending on the dyes required for that months project. Supply fee is paid directly to the instructor.

As people become more concerned about the sources of the food they eat, they are also becoming concerned about the sources and materials of the clothes they wear and the fabrics in their homes. During “This Good Earth” workshop series you will learn about natural dying with materials from plants, trees and the earth. Examples would be indigo, avocado, black walnut, goldenrod, onion skins, wood shavings, weld, madder, logwood and many more.

This series will provide the information you need to create a colorful pallet for your clothes and home furnishings. Natural dying is also a great way to re-purpose fabrics with environmentally safe and sustainable materials.

March...  "Wood Shavings" from local turners."

April... Shibori, Japanese resist variations in preparation for indigo dyeing and future applications and dying with logwood

May...The organic indigo vat using US grown and processed indigo

June... Botanical/Eco printing on paper, fabric and clothing

July... Dyeing from the garden

August... More dying from the garden and working with thickened mordants

September... Printing with thickened natural dyes and inks

Instructor… Judy Saye-Willis
Studied natural dyes with Michel Garcia at his lab in France, Botanical printing with Jane Dunnewold in San Antonio and Shibori stitch resist with Joan Morris in Vermont.
Natural Dye Solo Exhibitions
“Natures Gentle Colors” 2014 traveling in Southern Minnesota
“From Garden to Gallery” 2017 Paradise Center for the Arts
Taught natural dye classes at
Textile Center, Minneapolis
Northfield Arts Guild
North 50, Northfield
Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault

To get registered call 507-332-7372 ext. 1 


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