Class Description

Learn the beautiful art of natural dyeing! In this workshop, you’ll gain an understanding of how to work with natural dyes from your kitchen scraps and local New Mexican plants. Tutorial videos will show how to create a rainbow of colors from red beets, turmeric, blueberries, and spinach. In self-guided explorations in nature, you will learn what native New Mexico Plant dyes make pigment, such as prickly pear fruits and chamisa. By the end of this workshop, students will feel confident with the process of natural dying, how to mordant wool and cotton fibers, and complete at least 3 naturally dyed textiles.

Class Dates

May 5-19, 20 21 (If you register for just the on demand classes, it is entirely asynchronous)

Videos will be available beginning May 3, 2021

Optional Zoom Dates (limited spots available – must register):

  • Wed. 5/5/21, 7-8pm MDT – First Zoom meeting
  • Wed. 5/12/21, 7-8pm MDT – Zoom check-in
  • Wed. 5/19/21, 7-8pm MDT – Final Zoom meeting

Materials List

(for safety, cookware should only be used for dyes and cannot be used for food preparation afterwards)

View the Materials List Here

About the Teaching Artist

Molly Zimmer is a multimedia artist whose work combines painting, textile, and collage. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of New Mexico, and a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited throughout New Mexico and nationally. Molly is a Textile Restorer specializing in Navajo weavings and has taught sewing, drawing and painting courses through community-engaged workshops at museums, K-12 schools and universities, and in rehab facilities. She lives in Albuquerque where she maintains a studio at the Harwood Art Center.

Teaching artist’s website

Pay What You Can?

In the past, we’ve offered Art School as tuition-based programming ranging from $30-$260 depending on the class and were able to use this funding in part to support our free community-based programming. We’re fortunate this year to have grant funding from New Mexico Arts and the City of Albuquerque to support paying our teaching artists to develop classes for our Art School program so we have opted to offer our classes to you following a pay-what-you-can. Attendees have been contributing between $5 and $150 for our classes. Anything that you are able to contribute is greatly appreciated and will be used to support Harwood’s programming which is all currently being offered to the community either for free or pay-what-you-can.

Register Now

You can register using the form below or by visiting the EventBrite page for this class.