Plant-dyed textiles workshop with Wildcraft Studios | Seattle, August 2

Plant-dyed textile workshop with Wildcraft Studios | Seattle, Aug 2 Photo by Aran Goyoaga

When I moved to Seattle, I discovered a whole new set of interests that stem from all the natural beauty around us. Last summer, I began experimenting with dying fabric with elderberries and other fruits I found around. Dying natural linen to use at home and for props I use for my styling work. The results can be fascinating and it has been a bit of an obsession for me.

So I am very excited to announce that Chelsea Heffner of Wilcraft Studios will be coming to Seattle to teach a workshop on how to dye fabric using plants that are local to our area.

Plant-dyed textile workshop with Wildcraft Studios | Seattle, Aug 2 Photo by Aran Goyoaga

As a sample of the work, Chelsea sent me some napkins she made by dying cotton with madder root. All of the napkins turned out slighty different and aren’t they amazing? I have been using them to style food.

I find that I am drawn to styling food simply – in a very organic way. I love the idea of creating my own props whether it is by making my own ceramics (coming soon) or dying my own fabric to create the ombre effects I love or to get a specific intensity.

Here are the details for the workshop.

WHAT: In this one-day intensive, students will learn to extract dye from plants, bark, flowers and weeds found in the neighborhoods and urban spaces surrounding the studio. We will use non-toxic mordents and animal fibers (wool, silk, alpaca) to create a journal of swatches and samples, recording the multitude of colors hidden in the world around us. Students will leave with a swatchbook of dye samples, as well as a hand-dyed, silk scarf.

WHEN: Saturday, August 2.

WHERE: Aran’s studio in Seattle.

FEE: $200 (includes lunch and materials)


Selfishly, I cannot wait for this class. Hope you will join us.

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6 Responses to “Plant-dyed textiles workshop with Wildcraft Studios | Seattle, August 2”

  1. This sounds so lovely, Aran! I can’t wait to visit Seattle one day and make sure it lines up with one of the fantastic variety of workshops at your studio.

  2. Even some of your most simplistic food styling is still gorgeous. Thanks for the food photog inspiration!

  3. Sara says:

    I used to dye and sell yarn from plant-based dyes. I loved the colors so much, and I learned something new every time I dyed a batch or used a different mordant. Sounds like a fantastic workshop.

  4. I love the idea of using plant based dyes. They have such soft, beautiful colors.

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