Last October, I had the opportunity to learn about shibori dyeing with indigo at the Textile Arts Center in Manhattan. The experience made me curious about working with other natural dyes, so I headed over to chat with Isa Rodrigues (in the picture up top), studio manager at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, who started a natural dye garden and CSA this past summer. In this second episode of Thread Cult, Isa and I delve into the botanical wonderland that one can grow, scavenge, and find lurking in your pantry.
I meant to post this episode last week, but technical difficulties south of the border (more on that later) kept me from doing so.
Below are a few pictures of the Textile Arts Center in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. It’s kind of a textile geek’s paradise. I wanted to live there. For you last minute holiday shoppers, check out the Textile Arts Center’s online shop. They’ve got some beautiful handmade items, as well as supplies.
Hope you enjoy!
Episode #2: Grow Your Own Natural Dyes
Highlights from Episode #2:
Sewing Seeds Project [Isa is still working on the online resource list for this, I will post the link when it’s up!]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Plum tree branches
The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and other Everyday Ingredients, by Sasha Duerr
Black walnut tree
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