Colors by Nature

Event Info

This one-day, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Thursday, July 13, from 6–8pm Eastern time.

  • Thursday, July 13, 6:00–8:00 ET

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on July 6, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Iviva Olenick.

Create natural colors on fabric using food scraps and fallen petals, flowers or leaves collected outside! The instructor will lead you through a bundle dyeing technique, rolling different colorants inside fabric and steaming them to transfer colors onto the fabric. She will also demonstrate petal and leaf pounding, and discuss dip dyeing, fresh leaf indigo dyeing and more.

Please note: Preparation is required to engage the techniques taught. This may add up to 2-3 hours of your time before class. Please see instructions below within the Required Materials list. If you prefer to watch the demonstration without doing dyeing at home, you can skip the prep! You can also opt to order the Supply Kit and skip the prep. Click this link to order the materials kit for this workshop. Please note that materials kit orders are accepted until April 19. 

Required Materials:

  • Silk or Cotton fabric for dyeing
  • Soda ash 
  • Alum
  • Food scraps
  • Flowers

More detailed materials lists and instructions for preparing materials will be included in the confirmation email sent upon registration. 

About Iviva Olenick

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-based artist developing textiles from seed to fiber and dye and using textiles as texts. Her work has been exhibited all over the United States, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Design Atlanta; the Hunterdon Museum, NJ; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; the Center for Book Arts, NYC; the Old Stone House, Brooklyn; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn. Olenick is a faculty member of SVA’s MFA Art Practice program where she teaches Fibers. In addition, she gives artist talks and designs intensive textile-based workshops for museums and universities.

All images courtesy of the instructor. 

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future. Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class.

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