Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia and Sustainable Dye Practice

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

The Life of an Indigo Vat

By Catharine Ellis (Reposted blog from Natural Dye: Experiments and Results , on 26 February, 2021) Over the years I have built, used, and discarded many indigo vats. Sometimes I … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Colloquium: The Botany and Chemistry of Natural Dyes

In September 2017, Slow Fiber Studios partnered with the University of California Botanical Garden (UCBG) to host a colloquium on the botanical taxonomy and phytochemistry of natural dyes with three leading experts: … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why I Switched from Synthetic to Natural Dyes

Originally posted on Natural Dye: Experiments and Results:
The Surface Design Association News Blog just published a piece I wrote on dyeing.  Here is the link. The transition from synthetic to…

March 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Natural Dyeing with Lichens by Barbara Schey

Active WSN member Barbara Schey recounts her journey of natural dyeing, textiles, 60s , TAFTA (the Australian Forum for Textile Arts) and more… in this Natural dyeing note that she emailed us. Enjoy! … Continue reading

March 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Making an indigo vat: Part 2 of 2

GL, one of our readers wrote to us with questions about her indigo vat. In Part 1, we shared  WSN President and producer of Natural Dye Workshop DVDs,  Yoshiko Wada‘s response. In … Continue reading

February 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Making an indigo vat :: Part 1 of 2.

Recently, one of our readers wrote to us with questions relating to her indigo vat. Here’s her message verbatim – “Before I bought the video, I tried mixing the indigo vat … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Colors of America: Cochineal workshop with Yoshiko I. Wada

Textile scholar and WSN President, Yoshiko I. Wada recently taught the art of natural dyeing with cochineal, at the beautiful UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley. Cochineal has been used in the Americas over … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Natural Color: Fiber and Dye with Catharine Ellis

Last fall, I was in China for the 9th International Shibori Symposium (9ISS). Following the conference, I joined 20 other adventurers for a remarkable tour of the Silk Road in … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Maintaining and Troubleshooting an Organic Indigo Vat with Catharine Ellis

Sometime ago Yoshiko asked me to occasionally provide some useful input to the Dye Nerds Blog.  I thought that I might offer the following tutorial on how I solved a … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 12 Comments

Natural Dye Study Group Gather in Asheville, NC!

From far and wide, natural dye enthusiasts and studied practitioners gathered this month for a retreat focusing on the science and creative practice of natural dyeing. Organized by Catharine Ellis, … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment