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Natural Dyeing: A Color A Day with Donna Brown

NATURAL DYEING:  A Color a Day with Donna Brown
5-day Workshop
At Textiles West Makers Space @ Manitou Art Center
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Immerse yourself in the wonderful art of Natural Dyeing! Learn to dye protein and cellulose fabrics using a beautiful variety of natural dye extracts.  Each day the class is designed to explore a specific color: 

Day One: RED
Cochineal, Lac, Brazilwood, Quebracho Red
Annatto, Kamala, Madder, Sandalwood
Day Three: YELLOW
Fustic, Marigold, Myrobalan, Osage Orange, Pomegranate, Persian Berry, Tesu, Weld
Chestnut, Cutch, Gall Nuts, Himalayan Rhubarb, Quebracho Black, Walnut, Wattle
Day Five: BLUE 
Indigo and Indigo over-dye

Our first day will start with a Meet & Greet Breakfast; then dive into the color Red including an in depth look at mordants. Mordants are the key to successful natural dyeing and can yield a variety of colors for each dye.  In this in depth workshop you will work with more than 24 different types of natural dye materials.

Our final day will be dyeing with that fabulous blue: Indigo! We will cap off the workshop with Indigo Happy Hour, a festive celebration with tasty nibbles and libations.  Each student will take home a color sampler collection of sixty different swatches of linen, cotton, hemp and silk.

We are truly excited to host Donna Brown this summer in Manitou Springs! Donna Brown is a renowned fiber artist from Denver, Colorado.  Donna has over 25 years of natural dyeing experience and has taught in venues across the US and abroad including Penland School of Crafts, and John C Campbell Folk School.  She is the former owner of the Dyeworks – a natural dye company and is currently their sales representative. Donna is an active Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms volunteer who helped start the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden.

The workshop will be held in the small mountain town of Manitou Springs, CO situated at the base of Pikes Peak and just west of downtown Colorado Springs, CO.  The town has much charm, history and festivities to make your week long experience as full or as simple as you choose.

If you choose to stay in the area, there are many choices when it comes to lodging, just book early since it is peak season in Manitou.  Here are just a few to look into:

Cliff House
Avenue Bed & Breakfast
Days Inn, Comfort Inn
Green Willow Motel Cottages
Blue Skies Inn

SunWater Spa & The Heart of Manitou Salon & Spa

Food & Dining:
The workshop will include a morning gathering at the Textiles West Makers Space @ Manitou Art Center, juice, coffee, quiche, muffins, fruit will help to jump start the day. Snacks and beverages will be available during workshop days, and the final day we will host a festive gathering with a light meal & libations. There are many restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs to dine out while attending the workshop.

The workshop includes:

  •  5 days on hands on instruction, 9:30 am – 4:30 daily.
  • A maximum of 12 people to assure personal attention
  • Work with 24 different natural dye materials
  • Each student will take home a fantastic color sampler collection of fabric swatches showing all the variations of color that can be achieved with natural dyes.
  • An opening meet and greet breakfast
  • The closing Indigo Happy Hour celebration
  • Coffee, tea, water and snacks during the day

Cost: $525.00
A materials fee of $90.00 will be due the first day of workshop. This includes printed handouts, all pre-mordanting chemicals, natural dye extracts and the following fabrics:
Silk Broadcloth
Silk Noil
Silk Charmeuse
Cotton Print cloth
Cotton Organic Denim Twill

Later Event: August 4
Blue Hands Festival