EXPLORING MODERN LIFE THROUGH NATURAL DYES
w/ MaRIA ELENA POMBO
Friday June 21, 3pm - Sunday June 23, 3pm
Includes food, accommodations, materials
ABOUT THE WEEKEND
In celebration of the Summer Solstice, this weekend will bring together those curious about ways of connection with the Earth and her cycles.
Before the mid-nineteenth century, plants and other natural sources were used across all cultures to color fiber. After the discovery of synthetic dyes, natural dyes were quickly replaced and an important part of civilization was forgotten. Besides being powerful color sources, natural dyes reveal many secrets. They'll tell you the conditions of the soil where they grew, the composition of the fabric you are using and even the quality of the water being used to dye with it.
Participants will learn how to dye fiber with easily found botanical sources like avocado seeds, onion skins and seaweed and we will experiment shifting color with lime juice, baking soda and water samples from around the world. We will engage in conversations regarding how water, soil and fiber affect the colors when working with natural dyes and talk about the sometimes-erroneous associations we have about synthetic and natural matter.
The final goal will be establishing our own conclusions about how natural dyes can exist in the contemporary world and how we can use these ideas to explore our relationship with food, nature and modernity. Active discussion will be encouraged. Fabrics will be provided for the experiments and participants are welcome to bring fabric or garments they might want to dye. Participants will receive a zine with information regarding natural dyes and themes we will cover during the weekend, as well as a series of recommended readings.
We will introduce each other and talk about our goals for the weekend
We will talk about the history and basics of natural dyes, plants that have color properties and best methods
We will start the color extraction process for the avocado seeds, onion skins and local seaweed
We will soak our fibers in water to start dyeing them the following day
We will experiment by adding baking soda or lime juice to some of the vats as to alter color
We will insert our fabrics to the vats and will leave them there until the next day to obtain deep colors
We will discuss considerations to keep in mind when foraging as to not affect local ecosystems in a negative way
We will take our fibers out of the vats in the morning and leave them out to dry
We continue discussing about natural dyes and participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and conclusions
Maria Elena Pombo started Fragmentario in 2016 to explore natural dyes a in a modern context and inspire conversations about cultural heritage, collective memory and slow living. A former designer at Michael Kors, she studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design and engineering in Venezuela and in France.
Based in Brooklyn, she works on different personal and commissioned projects involving textiles and plants. She has taught workshops on natural dyes and textile experimentation at the New York Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, A/D/O and different venues in Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan and New York. With her work, she hopes to inspire others to question and create.
The cost of this weekend is $485, and includes food and accommodations. Students are responsible for their travel to and from Succurro. Please see below for more specifics.
Accommodations are included: rustic but comfortable, and communal in nature. For those who would like to sleep in nature, 4 raised platform tents can house up to 12 people, and include beds, sitting area, and beautiful views! There is a shared outdoor bathroom, and indoor shower facilities. For those who would like to sleep indoors, there is a dorm-style room that houses up to 8 people, with ensuite bathroom. There are also 2 private rooms available, with shared bath, for an additional nightly fee. Please include any accessibility information we need to know at application, so that we can discuss and accommodate.
Food will be is provided from local farms and includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. Please be sure to include any dietary restrictions in your application!
Getting to and from Succurro is the responsibility of participants, and we will help coordinate carpooling as best we can. Though there are no direct trains to the Western Catskills area, there are daily buses from to Delhi (15 minutes from Succurro) via Adirondack Trailways.
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Full refunds, less a $20 admin fee, will be granted up to one month prior; 50% refunds will be granted up to two weeks prior; no refunds within the two weeks leading up to arrival.