Adult Studio: Introduction to Natural Dyes
August 18th, August 25th, September 1st, and September 8th; Thursdays from 6 to 8pm
In this four part class series, explore dyeing silk and cotton with natural indigo, madder, and weld! Study the history of natural dyeing and learn how this process connects with the museum’s current exhibition, American Perspectives. You will learn how to prepare the fabric for dyeing along with the different processes of dyeing. Discover the wide array of colors, hues, and values that these natural dyes can produce together and how they affect the different types of fibers.
Students are welcome to bring in their own small natural fabric items to dye.
This class is suitable for beginners as well as experienced students.
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 $25 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.