The Dye Lab is now open for rental bookings. Your membership and dye lab training needs to be current to rent.*
Textile Center Dye Lab is a state-of-the-art facility available for rent by Textile Center members ONLY, and is used extensively in our classes and youth programs. Designed for use by fiber art professionals and practitioners to be a functional and safe place to work with dyes and related chemicals, it is equipped for almost any dye or surface design project. Space is suited to groups no larger than 8 people, depending on the extent of the activity. To rent the dye lab and discuss any questions or exceptions, contact Cristin McKnight Sethi, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 612-436-0464. The dye lab is limited to Tuesday – Saturday rentals, when Textile Center is open to the public, and schedule is based on availability.
Since an understanding of dye and pigment chemistry is necessary, as is the safe handling of chemicals used–and proper clean up–all dye lab users must take a dye lab training in order to use the facility. In addition, the primary renter for any group rental must have taken (or taught) at least one 3-hour class related to the type of work they intend to do during their rental.
The intentions of the facility are to provide work space for member artists and makers, and to provide a space for our member guilds and special interest groups to gather in community to learn and grow together in their skills in dyeing and surface design. Rentals of the facility for the purposes of teaching income-generating classes for individuals and groups that are not member guilds of Textile Center are not allowed. If you are interested in learning about surface design and textile dyeing, check out our list of upcoming classes by clicking HERE. Please check with Cristin McKnight Sethi if you have questions and to discuss options for your needs.
*If you have not used the dye lab or taken the training in the past year you will be required to retake the training before your rental. Exceptions made for Textile Center instructors or members of our community who have significant experience with dyeing and/or with the Textile Center’s Dye Lab as well as renters who have taken a Textile Center class that includes Dye Lab Training as part of the class content. Please contact Cristin at email@example.com to discuss this further.
Dye lab trainings are members $20 for participation, and the trainings are scheduled monthly. Upcoming trainings are listed below. Program staff can check on your prior class participation and approve any relational competencies or exceptions, as needed.