Medicinal Dye Plants: Natural Dyes + Remedy Making
Medicinal plants are a powerful and alchemic source of natural dye color and herbal medicine. Certain herbs can simultaneously offer medicinal benefits to our bodies and healing benefits to our wardrobes. By better understanding the properties of medicinal plants that double as dye plants, we can see the same plant through a varied lens: Honoring its potential as medicine and natural color. As fast-fashion continues producing at an alarming rate, thereby encouraging an alarming rate of consumption, we can engage in the antidote of Slow Fashion by deepening our relationship to cloth, color, and ultimately creating more meaningful garments. Through these same plants we can also create herbal remedies that support personal wellness, self-care ritual, and routine and thriving health.
Through this workshop, Slow Fashion artist, Katrina Rodabaugh, and Community Herbalist, Lauren Giambrone, will share their expertise in Fiber Arts and Herbalism by offering a two-part workshop that can result in cloth as amulet + artful object, and a medicinal remedy that highlights ritual and intention setting. Sharing the overlap of plants as fiber art, medicine, and tools for personal connection, you’ll learn the basics of natural dyes, working with natural fibers, and medicine making with locally grown and gathered medicinal plants.
Materials: All necessary materials will be provided. Students will have the opportunity to prepare the dyes, test various fabrics and fibers, and leave with a sample of materials. Students will also be creating an enchanted herbal infused body oil, learning the medicinal and magical properties of many locally grown plants, and engaging in intention setting + ritual practice together as a group.
Note: Please wear studio garments that are not too precious to be in close proximity to various dyes. You are welcome to bring a notebook if you’d like to record notes. The instructors will also bring samples of their own dye projects, favorite natural dye books, medicinal remedies, herbal resources, and offer additional opportunities for participants to continue their inquiry beyond the classroom.