In this course students will learn how to mordant or “pre-treat” fibers to accept dye derived from locally foraged plants. After introductions and tea, we will take a curated walk though Leach Botanical Garden to identify common dye plants, discuss harvesting practices and plant processing. All necessary steps of immersion dyeing on cotton, wool, and silk fibers will be covered. Each participant will create their own swatch card with the day’s colors along with a silk scarf to take home.
Megan Mesloh is a textile designer and teacher based in Portland, OR. She works with weaving, dyeing, and sculpture using seasonally foraged plants and found materials to emphasize our connections to place and touch. She received a BFA in textiles from Oregon College of Art and Craft and has been teaching weaving and natural dyeing courses for nearly a decade.
No experience necessary. Enrollment is limited to 15 people. Recommended for ages 14+.
There are a limited number of scholarships available for BIPOC/needs-based participants. Please contact Jami LeBaron, Program Director email@example.com to apply. Include your requested class date. Participants will be selected through a lottery.
Cost: $130 for non-members; $100 for LBG Members