WORKSHOP Series : THE DYE BATH by Rachel Ferber

WORKSHOP Series : THE DYE BATH by Rachel Ferber


The DYE BATH by Rachel Ferber -- a Workshop about the connection to Our Earth and Our waste

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th; 2:00 - 5:00PM ~ 2711 Troost Ave. KCMO 64109

Hadley Sewing School is proud to announce the first in its Workshop Series — THE DYE BATH by Rachel Ferber. Over the course of three hours, Ferber will demonstrate the production and use of natural dyes sourced from common household compost piles. Ferber’s previous workshops have included dyes made from grass clippings, cooking oil, red wine dregs, purple sauerkraut, and turmeric. For this Workshop, Ferber will be offering instruction in short-soak dye baths including turmeric and black walnut as well as long-soak baths such as avocado pits and black beans. In the case of the short-soak baths, students will leave the workshop with dyed textiles which they can color set at home by placing them in the sun or in a dryer. In the case of long-soak baths, pieces which have been soaked overnight will be available for students to pick up the following day between 10AM and 6PM.

 Following an initial hands-on demonstration by Ferber, a variety of dye baths will be available for student-driven material explorations for the remainder of the workshop. Students will be provided with one yard of unbleached muslin to examine a variety of methods of rubbing, dripping, spraying, and shibori-style resist dyeing. Participants are welcome to bring additional textiles and small garments to dye. Please dress in clothing appropriate for a summer day spent outside working in close proximity with permanent dyes.

 Materials included:

1 yard unbleached muslin

Compost dyeing recipe worksheet


Taught by artist Rachel Ferber, THE DYE BATH challenges the negative perception of stains by embracing these marks and suggesting their potential for added meaning. Participants are asked to intentionally blemish their garments and chosen textile items, and are encouraged to add to existing stains and as well beginning with “raw” or unused materials. Textiles gain new relevance as they evolve through continued use. These stains then become signs of narrative and a mark of ownership. Learn more about Rachel Ferber

*Workshop capped at 10
Hosted in the parking lot of 2711 Troost Ave. on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th; 2:00-5:00pm







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