Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia

A film series and forum dedicated to the science and practice of natural dyes and pigments using sustainable methods.

A project of World Shibori Network, affiliated with Slow Fiber Studios.

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Mendocino Arts Center presents: NATURAL DYE SHOWCASE

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Exhibition dates: August 3, 2015 through August 28, 2015,

Gallery Times: 10 am – 5 pm daily

Gallery Talk: Saturday, August 8th, 4 pm – 5 pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8th, 5 pm – 8 pm

The Natural Dye Showcase is a national, juried exhibition highlighting excellence in contemporary use of natural dyes. The  juror, Yoshiko I. Wada chose 47 works by 35 fiber artists for their merit as works of art and for the artists’ skillful knowledge of the chemistry of natural dyes. The Main Gallery will be devoted to this exhibition, with an opening reception on Second Saturday, August 8, 5 pm to 8 pm, preceded by a gallery talk by Yoshiko I. Wada at 4 pm.

All the works selected use fibers treated with natural dyes – indigo is used in many pieces, along with two dozen other dyes derived from plant, mineral, and insect sources. The works have been realized with a range of fiber techniques, such as tapestry and other weaving methods, shibori, sashiko, basketry, and embroidery. The finished pieces include wearable art as well as wall hangings, sculptural pieces, and book art. There are 18 California artists represented, along with fiber artists from 13 other states, including WSN members Catharine Ellis and Barbara Shapiro.


Juror: Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher, and film producer and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles. She is president of the World Shibori Network and founder of Slow Fiber Studios.


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The third film of the series,”Organic Dyes to Pigments: Foundations for the Colors of Europe” Order here.

Trailer – Natural Dye Workshop 3: Colors of Europe from Slow Fiber Studios on Vimeo.

Botanist-chemist Michel Garcia takes us on a wondrous journey, sharing his keen insight as one of the leading natural dye experts of the world. Michel’s approachable instruction demystifies the natural dyeing process; he offers a rare glimpse into what makes plants tick. Learn updated versions of traditional dye methods – once laborious and polluting – now revised into simpler, safer modern recipes sensitive to issues of sustainability.

A worthwhile film no matter your area of interest or level of skill — appealing to dyers, textile enthusiasts, and really anyone interested in how things work in the natural world. Viewers learn how to use natural raw materials wisely and artistically.

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