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Natural Tie-Dyeing

Using plants, food scraps, and bugs to dye fabric

Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Barrie Cohen

Barrie Cohen of Beezie Textiles returns to the Museum to teach the traditional Japanese techniques of Shibori tie-dyeing with indigo, using onion skins and cochineal as additional sources of color. For the workshop, which was inspired by MAD’s current exhibition Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture, guests may either use the fabrics provided or bring their own small items (tea towels, t-shirts) to dye.

Barrie Cohen is a textile artist originally from New York, who 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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