We will be slinging color at Ingenuity Fest on Saturday, September 23 from 12-10pm. On the hour, we'll be demoing many aspects of plant color- including bundle-dyeing and immersion dyes, all using local plants. You're invited to roll up your sleeves and create along with us. It's a chance for us all to slow down and think about our surroundings, what we can use, and what we can responsibly give back. Hope to see you there!
We are so thrilled to announce a collaborative retreat with Cleveland Field Kitchen on slow living in a modern world!
What does that mean? Our intimate retreat is designed to inspire, encourage and nourish a slow living lifestyle through creative workshops, shared meals and inspiring conversation. Taught by local artists, designers, and chefs from the greater Cleveland area we hope to encourage you to live less out of habit and more out of intent.
With the West Woods Forest as our backdrop, Driftlab Textile Co. will lead a natural dye workshop and Chef Potts will lead a workshop on Slow Kitchen Cooking. At lunch we will share a field-to-fork meal guided by the inspiration of local Clevelander, Susie Brown, a small business owner & creative entrepreneur with a passion for encouraging creative women, coaching authentic design & creating spaces that nurture the soul.
Natural Dye Workshop
This workshop will give an overview of dyeing textiles with a plant-based matter, using kitchen scraps and foraged material. It is geared toward the appreciation of the slow process and will emphasize the beauty and unpredictability of our environment through using natural dyes. We’ll learn the process of creating our own dyes at home, how to work with mordants and the art of Japanese Shibori dyeing. We may even have the opportunity to forage for some local flowers and plants to print with! Each guest will dye their own raw silk table runner and silk scarf.
(NOTE: We will not be working with indigo- which is a totally different process.)
In this realm, we are not talking about the traditional slow cooker so many of us depend on to help balance work and home. For this workshop, Chef Potts will guide you through simple and approachable ways in practice a slow kitchen in your home by showing you how to preserve the summer bounty for those cold winter nights when we long for the summer sun. She will teach you how to make her tomato sauce and stewed tomatoes to put up in the pantry. She will also guide you through an heirloom tomato tasting and offer other ways to enjoy the summer jewels all year long (think slow roasted tomatoes, tomato jam, and sun dried tomatoes). While the jars are in the “bath” Chef will then show you how to make a simple pasta dough and proper ways to make basic pasta at home. Each guest will leave with one jar of tomato sauce and stewed tomatoes, as well as, fresh pasta as well as the recipes to make everything at home again.
Bookended by both workshops, we will gather around the table for a family-style field-to-fork meal created by Chef Potts & her Field Kitchen team. During our lunch, small business owner & creative entrepreneur, Susie Brown, will discuss her approach to creating spaces that nurture the soul and authentic design through slow living.
We hope you leave our Modern Retreat with a new sense of inspiration and encouragement to nourish a slow living lifestyle in your every day.
Purchase tickets through Cleveland Field Kitchen's Event Listings by clicking here.
We're going at it again with that blue, tho. Just in time for the holidays (give yourself a gift... or make one for someone else!)
Come and experiment and create your own various shades of blue while learning the science of natural dyes using the 1-2-3 organic indigo vat. You'll get to learn more about the shibori resist process and will leave with your own indigo-dyed textile. Additionally, feel free to give new life and bring whatever old, stained, white garment to throw into the indigo vat. We'll have some yummy drinks and snacks provided.
If you've ever spent time clearing your property of black walnuts, that means you've also probably spent 2-3 weeks explaining to complete strangers how your hands are "stained, not dirty." We'd like to change your relationship with those pesky walnuts- to harness their staining power and use them to create! Join us for a 2-hour workshop where we will demo the ink-making process, design our own scarves (silk or cotton) through block-printing or painting, and bottle the remaining ink. Each participant will walk away a bottle of ink, a sumi brush for ink-painting, and scarf- designed and hand-dyed by you! While the dye is working its magic, we'll be snacking, drinking, and admiring the view of downtown Cleveland- Hosted at the Cleveland Flea HQ!
That blue though. We can't get enough. Come experiment and create your own various shades of blues while learning the science of natural dyes. You'll get to learn more about the shibori resist process and will leave with your own indigo-dyed textile. (We'll have some yummy snacks and drinks, too!).
Stay tuned for more details and dates.
Join Drift Lab Textile Co. at Mahall's lanes on January 31 from 10:30 AM-1:00 PM for a beginner's class on plant-based textile dyes. We'll learn the process of creating our own dyes, working with mordants, and applying the art of Japanese Shibori resist techniques on cotton, wool, and silk scarves. While the the dye is working its magic on our new winter wear, we'll sip mimosas and snack on light brunch items from local vendors. Each guest will receive 2-3 scarves (depending on pre-order) to dye and take home.
Your ticket includes admission to natural dye workshop, two-three scarves, and light brunch fare.
Scarf Combination Choices:
Option 1: loosely-woven cotton scarf and a 100% wool wrap/scarf.
Option 2: loosely-woven cotton scarf and one long silk scarf, and one square 21"x 21" silk scarf
When you purchase your ticket, please check which option you would like. Click here to purchase!
Join us as we partner with Rebecca Daily from A Daily Gathering in a historic barn in Purceville, Virginia for an afternoon of exploring natural dyes!
During this three-hour workshop, we'll spend time creating our own natural dye swatch book that will showcase our experimentation with cellulose and protein fibers and how they interact differently with natural dye matter, including mordants, to create a variety of beautiful colors. We'll also experiment with different shibori methods to make one-of-a-kind tea towels you will be able to take home. The workshop will include locally sourced bites and sips.
Included in the workshop
-3 hours of instruction
-natural dye swatch book takeaway
-tea towel take away
-brunch bites and sips
-goodies from our sponsors
Please purchase your tickets here on A Daily Gathering's ticket page.
Join us as we partner with MAKE TRIBE and the American Craft Council on Feb. 17 for a comprehensive class on plant-based textile dyes, followed by a 3-course seasonally focused supper. We’ll learn the process of creating your own dyes at home, how to work with mordants, and the art of Japanese Shibori dyeing. Each guest will dye their own tea towel and receive a take-home dye sample kit.
While the dyes and fixatives work their magic, meet new friends around the table for a winter roots feast. Enjoy cocktails, plus wine and beer with your meal.
Your ticket includes supper, cocktails, wine/beer, natural dyes workshop, gratuity and tax.
Tickets can be purched at http://www.maketribe.com/buy-tickets/