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Adult Studio: Introduction to Natural Dyes with Kristin Arzt

Saturday, April 22, 2023
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$105 for two days, Museum Members receive 10% discount; Two equity seats offered at $25 for BIPOC participants

Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23

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In this weekend, we will explore how using natural dyes we can create limitless different colors, hues, and values on fabric. Using natural indigo, madder, and weld, we can create an entire rainbow of colors! We will dye both silk and cotton fibers and you will learn how to prepare these different types of fibers for dyeing. You are welcome to bring in your own small natural fiber items to dye.

Learn to mordant (prepare) natural fibers for dyeing. Create a color wheel using these 3 natural dyes. Learn to create resists on fabric using wooden shapes and shibori techniques. Use pH to shift colors. Learn to measure out and start a dye pot based on weight of fiber.

Reserve your spot soon; there’s only capacity for 12 per class. Pre-registration is required.

About the Instructor

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.

Please note:

  • This is a two day class occurring Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23.
  • 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 $25 for BIPOC students. Please contact for more information.

Adult Studio

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 are designed for anyone interested in exploring specific media in depth or introduce new media and processes.

Refund policy for Adult Studio: Unless otherwise noted, refunds for ticketed/paid adult programs will be made if a request is submitted in writing at least two weeks before the scheduled program. The full cost of the ticket/registration, minus any credit card or other processing fees, will be issued via check within 30 days following the written request.

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