Adult Studio: Bundle Dyeing and Eco-Printing
Registration deadline: August 26th
In this four-hour workshop learn the beautiful art of bundle dyeing and eco-printing with plants! In this class, you will gain an understanding of how to work with natural dyes as you work with whole plants to create colors and patterns on fiber. The workshop will cover an introduction to natural dye plants and different types of fabric. We will work with natural dyestuffs including food scraps, fresh and dried flowers, locally foraged leaves, and more. You will learn how to bundle dye on silk and cotton, including how to prepare the fabric, place the dyestuffs, wrap the fabric, and steam the fabric on a stovetop. This workshop connects to many themes and processes in the museum’s exhibition, American Perspectives.
Instructor Kristin Arzt is a natural dyer, educator, gardener and designer based in Western North Carolina. Kristin believes that by exploring the collision of textiles, plants and sustainability, she can help make the study of natural dyes accessible to everyone through education and enthusiasm. When not teaching in-person and online courses, Kristin grows her own seasonal dye plants in her home garden for closer experimentation; often sharing seeds and sprouts with students. She also serves on the board of directors of Local Cloth, an Asheville-based nonprofit organization, supporting its mission to educate the community on sustainable textiles and regenerative fiber.
- This Adult Studio class is held indoors in the Museum’s John & Robyn Horn Education Center.
- Two seats for this class will be offered as equity seats at a discounted cost of $20 for BIPOC students.
- Space is limited to small groups of students.
- Students follow the Museum’s temporary COVID-19 safety precautions; click here for more information.
The Museum's studio program for adults offers a core curriculum in drawing, painting, printmaking, and three-dimensional media, and also explores the intersections between them. Local and visiting artists help students of all levels and abilities develop skills in media that reflect techniques and themes featured in the Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions. Classes meet for 3–12 weeks, and are designed for anyone interested in exploring specific media in depth; daylong workshops introduce new media or processes. To add your name to our Adult Studio mailing list, click here or call 828.253.3227 x133.