Natural Dye, Ink and Pigment Intensive

An assortment of tools, dyes, inks, and pigment
20 colorful fabric squares are arranged in a larger square
 Collage At left,  dabs of different colors on paintbrushes rest below plant samples. At right, 2 tubes of blue pigment are extruding dabs of color

Date: June 15-19, 2020 (Summer)
Medium: Fiber Arts/Paper
Instructor: Natalie Stopka (email)
Skill Level: All

Delve into the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable color for works on fiber and paper! Participants will learn to extract dye from a variety of plants, with special attention to the selection of mordants for lasting color. We’ll extend the applications for our botanical palette with homemade inks and lake pigments inspired by historical recipes. This process uses up every drop of color and preserves it in shelf-stable form. Students will leave with a swatch book of our many samples and a palette of handmade ink, dry pigments, and watercolors to incorporate into their studio practice.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Miami University has officially cancelled all face-to-face classes for the first summer term. This unfortunately means that CraftSummer must cancel our program scheduled for April and June.

Currently we are in the process of rescheduling some workshops to run towards the end of July. We will update our website as soon as we have dates and classes lined up.

We are also exploring the concept of creating workshop style classes to be offered online with the hopes of having a few classes available this year. It will include personal instruction, demos, live critiques and live feedback from the instructors. More info will follow soon.

We wish you well. Stay safe.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $50-60*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.


About the Instructor

Natalie Stopka is a New York based artist focused on creative processes rooted in the materials and forces of the natural world. Her pursuit of historical surface patterning techniques includes natural dyeing, pigment extraction, marbling, and printmaking. These meticulous, layered processes incorporate materials grown in her studio garden, creating a seasonally evolving vocabulary of texture and color. Natalie is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.