Sewing Seeds provides accessible, accurate, and inspired information on natural dyes, to bring awareness for their use as a sustainable art medium.










Sewing Seeds partners with community gardens, urban farms, parks and other green spaces to create educational Natural Dye Gardens.  In these gardens, the public can interact and learn from a number of plant species that can be used to obtain color. Through the gardening season the Natural Dye Gardens are also a backdrop for workshops, lectures and other events. Our gardens also make possible the supply of locally grown dye materials to our programming and to our network of designers/artist. Learn about our past Natural Dye gardens here.


Our  garden partners:


Heckscher Foundation Children Garden, Bushwick

Gill Hodges Community Garden, Carroll Gardens

Old Stone House, Park Slope

Greene Acres Community Garden, Bed-Stuy





Sewing Seeds offers an all year series of free all-ages classes that takes place in our partner gardens, during the Summer, and indoor venues across the city during the Winter. Workshops are taught by guest artists and Sewing Seeds staff and feature traditional and innovative ways to work with natural dyes. 



Sewing Seeds also collaborates with other organizations and schools in the development lectures, workshops and master classes. Past collaborators include the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Skillshare, Local Roots, Ideas City (New Museum), LBDA.





Sewing Seeds’ Residency awards artists that integrate natural dyes, community engagement and public spaces in their practice. During 6 weeks, the selected artist will work towards developing a site specific project to be displayed outdoors in a public space. Throughout the residency, the artist will have access to studio space and locally grown natural dye materials.



Now accepting applications for Sewing Seeds Residency 2015 



Past Sewing Seeds Residents:

Sewing Seeds Residency 2014: Brigitta Varadi

Sewing Seeds Residency 2013: Neil Goss


Funding Credits:

This Sewing Seeds' Residency is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC); and in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project.






Sewing Seeds resource materials allow access to accurate and inspiring information on natural dyes to a wider audience. Our materials are the result of ongoing research and are meant to be used and shared.


Mapping Project

The Mapping Project aims to identify and record the natural dye plants that exist throughout New York's parks and public spaces, through the creation of interactive maps.  


Maps are available for free download:

Prospect Park 

Trees of Central Park 




Bundle Dyeing 

Dyeing with tea + iron 

Fermentation indigo vat 





Sewing Seeds is available for collaborations, special projects and consulting with other organizations and artists. We love ideas and projects that integrate the natural dyes, public space, innovation and promote community engagement and interactivity. All submissions, inquiries and suggestions should be sent to






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