Primitive Plant Dye Techniques
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About the Event
Plants bloom in an array of beautiful colors and those colors can be extracted to dye plant and animal based fibers. We invite you to come and explore the basics of primitive plant dye techniques. During this workshop we will be discussing how plants have been used for thousands of years in all cultures as forms of pigment, paints, stains and dyes for the body and handmade goods. We will explore colors from our own backyards, while also going over mordant (fixative) options and dying techniques. Each participant will make their own plant dyed silk scarf.
Ticket price includes one beer!
Zach Fisher grew up amongst the redwood forests and beaches of the Northern California coast. The pursuit of art and music brought him to NYC and eventually to Tom Brown Jr's Tracker School which he considers to be the beginning of the education he was always looking for. He began teaching primitive skills and nature connection in 2011 and has since worked for several earth skills programs including the Wild Earth Foundation, the Children of the Earth Foundation, Discover Outdoors, Two Coyotes Wilderness School, Urban Kid Adventurers, Mount Victory Camp in the US Virgin Islands, as well as his own company, Earth Living Skills based in NYC and the Hudson Valley, NY. His fascination with wild edibles and medicinal plants lead him to study herbalism at the Twin Star school of energetic and herbal studies in Connecticut and his studying of indigenous shamanism lead him to begin attending sweat lodges and vision quests with the Hawk's Nest Quest community in the Hudson Valley. His goal as a teacher and a student is to foster a deeper connection between people and the natural world in the spirit of conservation as well as rediscovering the vastness of our human potential.