Don’t Fear, Spring is Near!

Like all of us in the Northeast, Sewing Seeds (our program dedicated to education on natural dyes and their use in textiles) has endured this brutally long winter season and will be emerging from hibernation in the coming weeks rejuvenated and ready for an action-packed Spring and Summer.

We’ve taken advantage of the cold months out of the garden to think up ways to bring a refreshing twist to our current programs. Here’s what’s coming up for Sewing Seeds.

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Natural Dye Gardens around Brooklyn
The past couple years we operated out of a single garden off Bergen street but this season we are doing something different. We are hoping to expand our education outreach by bringing Sewing Seeds to existing community garden spaces in Brooklyn. As always, all of our materials and programs are free to the public and there will be a ton of fun ways to get involved. Stay tuned as we announce these locations—one might be near you!

Weaving by Neil Gross, 2013 Garden Artist in Residence

Weaving by Neil Gross, 2013 Garden Artist in Residence

Garden Artist-in-Residency Program
We are very excited to continue the Garden Artist-in-Residence program for it’s second year! During the month of August, the selected artist will work towards the creation of a project to be displayed outdoors, integrating natural dyes, community and urban landscaping. Applications will be posted to the site very soon.

Stained: 2014 Sewing Seeds Fundraiser
In mid-May we will be hosting a fundraiser curated by the talented textile artist and natural dyer, Cara Piazza, at our Manhattan location. The event will raise money for the 2014 season and promises to be a truly unique experience to all in attendance. Tickets will be on sale mid-April.

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Bundle dyeing workshop, 2012

Summer Workshops
A series of workshops will take place throughout the different Natural Dye Garden locations in Brooklyn, and will be taught by guest artists and Sewing Seeds staff. The workshop series is free for all ages and will feature a variety of techniques and projects related to natural dyes, traditional textile techniques, and urban gardening. Past workshops included indigo dyeing, back-strap weaving, kumihimo braiding, ice flower dyeing, bundle dyeing and more!

Map of natural dyes in Central Park

Map of natural dyes in Central Park

Resources and Tools
As always, our promise to you is to provide inspirational yet accurate FREE resources and tools on natural dyes. We will be expanding upon the Mapping Project and existing tutorials and introducing new resources to the mix.

Get jazzed for natural dyes because we’ve got a lot in store for 2014. See you out there!

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