Join us for an afternoon of harvesting color from the pastures at Dresow Family Farm. We'll begin the day by discussing natural dyeing techniques, fiber preparation, and go over successful recipes for extracting color from foraged and locally grown flora. Then we'll move out into the pastures and forage plants, flowers, and leaves to roll into our bundles. Once we've foraged our supplies we'll return to prepare our bundles and let them steep while we enjoy our lunches. You will leave with a finished eco-printed reusable cloth bag, a list of resources, recipes, and the skills to plan your next bundle dyeing project. All materials will be included and no experience is necessary. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to walk outdoors. And don't forget to bring a bag lunch and something to do while the bags steep.
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Maddy Bartsch Bio:
Maddy Bartsch is a fiber artist, educator, and sustainable fiber systems organizer working to bring awareness and action to systems that take into account the true cost and impact of our textile consumption. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BFA and minor in fashion studies, Maddy set her sights on local fiber systems and began working her way from sheep to sweater. Maddy co-founded the Three Rivers Fibershed, an affiliate branch of Fibershed which works to create soil-to-soil fiber systems within strategic geographies, and currently serves as their Director. Maddy regularly teaches classes around the Twin Cities with frequent classes at the Textile Center of Minnesota and at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota where she is President. In addition to teaching and demonstrating throughout the Twin Cities Metro, Maddy works as a contract project coordinator and organizer to help folks navigate their local fiber systems around the country. Her artist practice centers on creating works that hold mindful consideration for content and materials, always asking the question of how her use of materials will either positively or negatively impact the world. Maddy grows natural dye gardens during Minnesota's sometimes-finicky growing season and is always grateful to make new connections.