Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Sasha Duerr Talks Plant Dyeing

This week, we’ve got video from our live FEEDBACK FRIDAY featuring Sasha Duerr and her tips on place-based dyeing.

Here’s the link for the Zoom recording.

Sasha taught us how to look at place as a treasure trove of color. She also gave some great tips on how to accept color no matter how long it lasts. If you didn’t grab her new book yet, go here to grab a copy. You might also like her 5 Seasonal Color Wheels derived from local plant and food sources throughout the year.

A couple of things to share with you from Sasha…

The Seaweed Research Book

Sasha Poem Excerpt (from spring 1995- Freshman Poetry Seminar) 

I am five
I hold my hand outstretched to speak my age
I run through the mossy woods all day
Squatting so close to puddles
I can breathe the air through the water

Rachel Carson… From The Sense of Wonder “… drink in the beauty and wonder at the meaning of what you see.”

“Where the Seed Scattered”– Luisa A. Igloria

Quote from Jason Logan of the Toronto Ink Company

Make sure you follow Sasha on Instagram as well as checking out her beautiful website.

If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we are emailed with questions from our natural dye community. Weekly, all of  your questions are answered by Kathy Hattori, Founder of Botanical Colors. Both Kathy and Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability and Social Media Director will be on hand to moderate and answer questions.

NEXT WEEK…back to some basics.

Scouring + Mordanting 101 with Botanical colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori and our Lead Production dyer, Carrie Gunnersen.

Scouring is the textile term for washing or cleaning fibers prior to mordanting and dyeing. If the fiber is not clean, the mordant and dyes will not adhere well to the fiber. The scouring methods for protein and cellulose fibers are different.
Mordanting prepares the fibers to bond with natural dyes and is typically a separate immersion bath for the fibers. The technique is simple: measure the mordant, dissolve in water, and add to a dye pot or bucket or tub filled with water. After that, add the fibers and hold them for a period of time, then remove and proceed to the dye bath.

Without properly doing both of these steps, you risk getting color to adhere to your textiles properly. We want to help you get better at dyeing! Kathy and Carrie will talk you through each of the processes, from wash to mordant type, from simple tools you will need to calculating the right amount of mordant.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you again!