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Exploring Natural Dye

June 30, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Meredith Grimsley  ·  meredithregrimsley.com

Workshop at a glance

Reconnect with ancient dye techniques. Explore sustainable dye resources through whole cloth dying, Shibori and print processes.


  • Mordant printing
  • Shibori dying
  • Botanical printing
  • Natural Dye discharge dying


  • 100% cotton heavy duty muslin
  • 100% linen
  • 100% silk broadcloth and natural silk
  • Natural silk
  • Natural Dye materials: Cochineal, cutch, turmeric, indigo, weld, onion skins, logwood, lac, sappanwood


  • Knowledge, of natural dye techniques that can be adapted to any studio space
  • A portfolio of color and technique samples to inform future work
  • Developing personal artwork and/or a more in-depth practice

Artist Bio

Meredith Re’ Grimsley, artist and educator, received her MFA in 2002, and her BFA in 1999, in Fabric Design from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA under the instruction of Arrowmont legend — Ed Lambert. Her work, including wearable art, installation, performance, two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, has been shown in numerous national and international venues in solo and group exhibitions. She is Professor of Fabric Design and Chairperson of the Department of Visual Arts at Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania — Bloomsburg/Lock Haven/Mansfield.

  • Meredith Grimsley
  • Meredith Grimsley
  • Meredith Grimsley
  • Meredith Grimsley
  • Meredith Grimsley

Workshop Description

Engage in and explore natural dye methods and textile techniques on 100% natural fabrics and fibers, including both cellulose and protein. In this workshop, students will forage and collect materials for natural dye and botanical printing, and work with sustainable plant and insect dye materials including indigo, cochineal, turmeric, lac, logwood, weld, and others. Students will learn both manual and stich resist Shibori methods, and printing techniques unique to natural dye. Students will explore the meaning, purpose, and significance of natural dye processes beginning with basic practice which will provide a vocabulary of techniques to achieve higher design and concept.

COURSE FEE: $1,210

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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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