A Family Festival of Free Fiber Art Making Experiences! • Join our afternoon celebration with indigo dyeing experiences for youth and families, teaching Ikat resist dyeing techniques using a community dye vat in Textile Center’s parking lot, next to our “A Garden to Dye For.” In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors.
Overflow parking: outdoor lot at 3300 University Ave SE (just 3 blocks east of Textile Center).
Indigo dyeing has a “magical” quality, as it turns natural fibers into a rich indigo blue. When pulled from the vat, materials are first a yellow-green hue, and quickly start turning blue when it’s exposed to the oxygen in the air. Indigo is a safe, natural dye, which does no harm to the environment.
Participants will then use their indigo-dyed yarn to learn kumihimo (Japanese) braiding with Textile Center teaching artists, or making plied bracelets using Somali techniques that are part of the Kebed weaving process, to be taught by elders associated with the Somali Museum of Minnesota.
The festival will also feature a fiber art market of local artists, guided tours of Textile Center’s current exhibitions, and refreshments!
Artist Market local artists: Nancy Birger (quilted wall hangings, table runners, pot holder), Judy Bratt (woven towels and scarves), LaVaughn Bye (wallets, purses, totebags, puzzle balls), Sarah Nassif (Screen printed goods), Mimie Pollard (quilted items, table runners, pot holders), and youth artists: Johanna Nassif (small town sets, sock babies), Sarah Erickson (embroidered pins, patches, and artwork), Zoe Marchand (little polymer clay animals and food).
Additional free parking available for the event at 3300 University Ave SE.
Sponsored by Prospect Park Co-op Legacy Fund