Intro to Natural Textile Dyeing with Griffin Dyeworks

Camera Obscura Art Lab - Crafts, Culture, Community!
Camera Obscura Art Lab - Crafts, Culture, Community!
Public group

1450 Ocean Ave

1450 Ocean Ave · Santa Monica, Ca

How to find us

Corner of Ocean and Broadway

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Saturday 9/7, 11am-2pm
Cost: $40 + $15 additional cash material fee
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We'll cover the basics of fiber preparation for natural dyeing, including scouring and mordanting and some resist techniques, as well as an overview of how to prepare these dyes. Vats of indigo (blue), osage orange (bright yellow), and several other dyes, depending on availability, but most likely logwood, madder, or cochineal, will be available for dyeing. We'll talk about upcycling textiles and using found items to create unique clothing and works of art. Material fee includes a wide variety of resist materials and fabric swatches for experimenting, and students may bring about 4 items to dye (depending upon the size: think of an adult tee shirt as the median). Items should be 70% or more natural fiber, including cotton, linen, bamboo, silk and thin wool, woven or knit fabric.

PLEASE DO NOT bring denim, canvas, cotton or wool fleece, yardage cuts over 1 yard, or other heavy fabric items like sweaters or hoodies; these items require a significant amount of extra dye and they hog the dye pot space. We’ll allow people to dye extra items as time and space allow!

Camera Obscura Art Lab programs are made possible by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. #ArtSaMo
Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean offers arts, crafts and culture classes year-round. Polish your writing, take a better picture, learn how to make paper, knit, sew, and find a community of artists and movers!

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Train/Bus: Metro terminus at 4th St/Colorado, 4 blocks away. Upon exiting the station go west on Colorado to Ocean Ave, cross the street to the Pier and go north in the park just past Broadway. or

Directions: The Camera Obscura Art Lab is at 1450 Ocean Ave on the west side of Ocean just north of Broadway.

By Metro - 4th St. Santa Monica Downtown stop, walk two blocks west to Ocean and 1.5 blocks north from the Pier entrance.

Parking is $6 or less for 3 hours in Parking Structure 6 (2nd between Broadway and Santa Monica), and $5 on weekends at the Civic Auditorium lot just down Main Street at 333 Civic Center Dr. Meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 3 hours. More info:
Buses: visit or for more information.
Bike share lockup just south of us in the park; for personal bikes remember to bring a strong lock.

Registration: We encourage reserving online with a credit card. Some classes accept drop-ins. Bring cash to cover material fees, if applicable. Refunds/Transfers: Full refunds are given if class is cancelled before taking place - enroll online with confidence. For student withdrawals for any other reason, $15 processing fee for each multisession activity refunded; one-time classes & expended material fees are nonrefundable. Requests must be made in person, by mail, fax [masked]), or email to [masked] within 24 hours of first class meeting. All class dates, time, locations, and instructors are subject to change.