Intro to natural pigments & Inks
Join us as we learn about the endless possibilities and magic of creating color from plants and vegetable waste in this hands-on and experimental workshop!
Using locally foraged plants, such as coastal sagebrush and eucalyptus bark, in addition to easily found kitchen waste, like avocado pits and onion skins, participants will be introduced to the basics of creating natural dye and ink.
In addition to learning the basic process of natural dye, we will also dye small pieces of various types of fabric and paper to be used for future artworks and collage.
Materials will be provided but participants are highly encouraged to bring any scraps of fibers, plant or animal based, such as fabric scraps or paper, to play with!
Participants will take away:
• Recipe booklet to continue to explore natural dyes at home
• Fabric samples: Silk, Cotton, Linen, and Wool Yarn
• Paper samples: Cotton watercolor paper
About the guest instructor
Sofia V. Gonzalez
Sofia V. Gonzalez is a Northern California native currently living and working in San Diego, California. Raised in Marin County, California, Sofia is inspired by her natural surroundings and uses processes of sewing, staining, and color to explore her sense of place. Sofia received her MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2014 where she focused on furthering her skills in textiles and natural dye techniques. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including California, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Since 2014, Sofia has taught community natural dye workshops in San Francisco, San Diego, and throughout Arkansas, which allow the public to learn how to make dye from waste materials and local plants. She is passionate about creating a sense of community and environmental appreciation through visual arts and textiles.