CC - 162 Natural Dye Workshop

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CC - 162 Natural Dye Workshop

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Join fiber artist and jewelry designer Elizabeth James Perry far a natural dye workshop. Achieve beautiful natural hues on silk scarves, hemp and yarn using bark, wood and berry dyes.  You’ll also learn about natural mordants as fixatives for the natural dyes.  Throughout history, people have dyed their textiles using common, locally available materials.  Come participate in the resurgence of this art form.  Participants will take home their new, natural creations.

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Elizabeth James Perry is a resident of Dartmouth, and an enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head - Aquinnah, located by the richly colored clay cliffs of Martha’s Vinyard -Noepe.  As a member of a Nation that has lived on and harvested the sea since ancient times, Elizabeth’s perspective on relating to the North Atlantic is a combination of coastal Algonquian culture, traditional beliefs and contemporary Marine Science.  She is a multi-medium traditional and contemporary artist taught by her mother Patricia James-Perry and other talented and inspirational family members.  Much of Elizabeth’s work focuses on the early Native Culture of the Northeastern Woodlands, including ancient wampum shell carving and reviving natural dye techniques to create a traditional palette for her finger woven sashes, bags and baskets.  Elizabeth represents Wampanoag traditions in her writing, in her exhibit designs and occasionally through intensive community weaving and dye workshops for organizations like the Evergreen College Longhouse.  She also has a degree in Marine Science from UMass Dartmouth.

  • $25 materials fee paid to instructor at start of workshop

  • Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • April 3