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Exploring Natural Color

October 20 - 25, 2024

Skye Livingston  ·  website

Workshop Overview

Exploring Natural Color is a natural dyeing class that empowers students to use natural color in and beyond conventional applications. Students will learn the foundational process for dyeing with raw materials on cellulose fibers (plant-based fabrics and yarns) and natural ink-making, while documenting the colors created in a personal reference library, aka a “swatch book”. But we won’t stop there! Interspersed between demonstrations on techniques and materials will be creative prompts and exercises to foster experimentation and explore color theory.


  • Mordanting
  • Natural dyeing
  • Ink-making
  • Simple surface design


  • Mordants + modifiers
  • Natural dyes (both locally harvested and from afar)
  • Fabrics and yarn
  • Mixed paper media


  • Basic natural dyeing and ink-making skills
  • A swatch book of natural colors
  • Samples, sketches, and creative experiments



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Skye Livingston is an artist and business owner currently located on the New Hampshire seacoast. After earning her BFA in fiber arts from the Kansas City Art Institute, she spent several years attending artist residencies around the country, including the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project (Kansas City, MO) and the Artist-in-Residence program at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN). Her work has been exhibited across the US and internationally. Skye runs Hello Hue Studio, a textile studio that provides custom sewing services and produces small batch collections of naturally dyed accessories and home decor pieces.

  • Skye Livingston
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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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