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Painting with Natural Dyes with Liz Spencer of Dogwood Dyer

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Poketo Project Space at ROW DTLA
777 S. Alameda St. #174 Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 372 - 5686

Come learn, experiment, and play with the time-honored art of natural dyeing with Liz Spencer of The Dogwood Dyer. Whether it's locally foraged plants, organic homegrown dyestuffs or natural extracts, participants will gain knowledge of how to make their own paints from scratch and come away with an understanding of the successful direct application of paint onto a cloth. Natural dyes are aptly suited for more than just textile applications and can be effective on other natural porous substances like paper and wood too.

Liz will demonstrate the proper methods for achieving a wash and lightfast results with natural dyes and share her tips and secrets for advanced techniques using natural thickeners and resists, outlining the whole process from plant to painted composition. 

Most everyone has had to donate or downcycle garments or linens at some point due to everyday wear, spills, accidents and laundry mishaps. Following the dye techniques from this class, you can mask unsightly stains using the coloring power of plants. This project is for anyone looking to create and experiment with beautiful colors while doing no harm to the planet, your home, and your body.
No prior knowledge of textiles or dyes is required. Participants will leave with their own original painting compositions, as well as informational handouts outlining natural dye painting techniques and recipes to recreate this beautiful art at home.

* Please bring an apron and wear comfortable clothing you don't mind getting dye on. 

* If the workshop is sold out, make sure to subscribe in the box above and once the workshop comes back online you'll be the first to hear about it. 

Liz Spencer is the dogwood dyer, an artist, educator and professional natural dyer working with brands such as Levis, Outerknown, KES, Guess, and Rebecca Atwood among others. She tends organic natural dye gardens nestled between the rows of her family's heritage orange grove working with an ambition to increase sustainable literacy & practices in the fashion and textile industries. She holds a Master of Arts from the world's leading sustainable fashion graduate program  'Fashion & the Environment' at the London College of Fashion and has taught fashion, sustainability, and natural dyeing at Parsons the New School and continually teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

  • Light snacks and all materials are included and you’ll receive a 15% discount at Poketo Project Space as well as all future workshops. Please read our Workshop FAQ for more info. 
  • When you arrive at the brand new Poketo Project Space at the Row, a new community of independent retailers and restaurants, you can find free street parking along Alameda or park in the ROW parking structure for a $12 daily fee. 
If you are no longer able to attend, we are able to provide online store credit only if the cancellation is made more than two weeks prior to the course date. Should you have any questions, or if this workshop is sold out and you would like to be put on a waiting list, please visit our Workshops FAQ's page or email