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Bundle Dyeing with Found Flora

Led by Barrie Cohen of Beezie Textiles

Sat, May 20, 2017


Join textile artist Barrie Cohen of Beezie Textiles for an afternoon learning bundle-dyeing techniques using found flora, inspired by MAD’s current exhibition Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture.

For this two-hour workshop, Cohen will provide attendees with plants and flowers she has found and collected over time to use as design elements within individual bundle-dye projects. Attendees will fold their flora into simple white fabric provided by Beezie Textiles, and then steam-heat their “bundles” so that the plants leave an imprint of color and form. While the fabric steams, Cohen will lead a discussion about the medicinal properties of the bundle-dye plants and process.

At the end of the workshop, attendees will walk away with an item they have dyed themselves, as well as a worksheet providing useful resources for future projects.

About Barrie Cohen / Beezie Textiles

Originally from New York, Barrie Cohen spent several years traveling and working on organic vegetable farms. During that time, she began studying different uses for plants, dabbling in making her own herbal remedies and dyes for her old white clothes. When she moved back to New York, she continued exploring color: gathering flowers from local markets and foraging while hiking on weekends. Repurposing fabrics as much as she can, Cohen spends most of her time playing with natural color and sewing fabric together.

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