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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CALL FOR ENTRY – Natural Dye Showcase

Photo from the 9ISS Post Conference Program to Wenzhou.

Photo from the 9ISS Post Conference Program to Wenzhou.


Mendocino Arts Center presents: NATURAL DYE SHOWCASE (CALL FOR ENTRY due May 29)

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

Gallery Times: 10 am – 5 pm daily

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

Apply now to enter your work (click link)

About the Showcase

Mendocino Art Center’s Natural Dye Showcase invites artists to submit contemporary fiber works featuring elements that have been created with natural dyes. Techniques may include wall-hangings, art quilts, baskets, embroidery, rugs, knitting, crochet, hand-made paper and other forms of fiber art. The exhibition seeks to highlight excellence in contemporary use of natural dyes, considered in the light of their rich and skillful use through the centuries and across the planet. The Main Gallery will be devoted to this exhibition, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 8, 2015, and a gallery talk by the distinguished juror Yoshiko I. Wada.


-Work can utilize any fiber technique and must include significant elements that have been dyed with natural dyes (derived from plant, other organic sources, or minerals). The juror will make the final decision on whether submissions are appropriate to the exhibition theme.
-Work must be original, created after 2011.
-Size limitation: Wall-hung pieces (including wearable art) may be no longer than 72 inches on the longest side; free-standing or free-hanging works may take up no more than four square feet of floor space.
-Must be submitted by May 29th.

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.

Contact person is the exhibition organizer Mickie McCormic,

More information on showcase:

Apply now (click link)


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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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