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Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 3-5pm EST on Zoom
Workshop: Natural Dye Magic with Katie Kaplan
Presented as part of Please Save Our Earth! : How to Wear Out Climate Change

Workshop: Natural Dye Magic with Katie Kaplan

Presented as part of Please Save Our Earth! : How to Wear Out Climate Change
Organized by Black Box Curatorial Fellow Sarah Kim

Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 3-5pm EST on Zoom
Free to Attend | RSVP Required
Maximum of 15 Participants
POC to the Front | Philly-Area Participants Only
NOTE: Participants Must Be Based In or Near Philadelphia to Retrieve Materials Kit by Thursday, February 18th
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About the Workshop

Natural dyes are all pigments derived from natural resources such as plants, fungi, lichens, minerals and insects. Many designers and fiber artists are returning to this practice to foster a sustainable use of materials in the face of environmental devastation.

In this hands-on virtual workshop, participants will be provided dye kits and explore extracting pigments from marigolds while engaging with the history, science and methodology surrounding these techniques that have been used by artisans for centuries.

POC to the front!
This Zoom workshop will have a 15 person capacity, so please pre-register. There will be a recording of the workshop available for those who cannot attend. This workshop will be for Philadelphia residents only; dye kits will be available for pick-up for registered participants at Vox Populi Gallery (319 N. 11th Street) and need to be picked up by Thursday, February 18th.


Participants should plan to provide their own:
– 100% cotton t-shirt (or mix of cotton, rayon, linen) or textile of comparable size/weight
– Steel or aluminum pot for dyeing, big enough for shirt to move around freely (Best practice: should be a dedicated dye pot and not used for cooking food after dyeing)
– Stirring tools
– Gentle detergent or dish soap, such as Seventh Generation, Orvus Paste, Dr. Bronners
– 1-2 buckets or containers, 1 gallon or larger
– Rubber Gloves

Participant Kits Include:
– Tannin – Gallnut or sumac
– Aluminum Acetate
– Calcium Carbonate
– Ferrous Acetate
– Soda Ash
– Dried Ground Marigold

Participants must retrieve their kit from Vox Populi by Thursday, February 18th. Please contact Vox Populi at vox@voxpopuligallery.org after registering to make arrangements.

About the Instructor

Katie Kaplan is a visual artist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, currently living and working in Philadelphia. In her multi-disciplinary practice, she has a focus on exploring printmaking at the intersection of sculpture, fiber arts, installation and video. She has shown work nationally in solo and group exhibitions at galleries, community spaces, and print shops. She is a professional teaching artist and community artist, work that is intrinsic to her practice as a whole.
More Info: katiekaplanstudio.com

This program is supported in part by the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.

Workshop: Natural Dye Magic with Katie Kaplan
February 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
February 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm