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The Dye Lab is not currently open for individual rentals, due to COVID-19 safety restrictions and concerns. Information on reopening in 2022 will be available June 2022!

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. Exceptions to this need approval from Tracy Krumm, Director for Artistic Advancement (tkrumm@textilecentermn.org).

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 must have taken at least one 3-hour or more class related to the type of work they intend to do during their rental.

If you have not used the dye lab or taken the training in the past 4 years, you will be required to participate in a refresher session, or retake the training before your rental.  Two refreshers will be held late June 2022, and all prior renters and dye lab training students will be invited to attend for free.  After that, the fee will be $25 for participation, and the trainings will be scheduled monthly.  Program staff can check on your prior class participation and approve any relational competencies, as needed.

Rental Requirements

You must be a member, and complete the Dye Lab training prior to rental of the Dye Lab! Become a member, and check our class schedule for upcoming dates.

Individual Rental Rates

Full Day / 9 am – 5 pm

Individual / First Person (Renter) $120 member price

Additional people: $25 each

Half Day / 9 am – 12 noon or 1 – 4 pm

Individual / First Person (Renter) $75 member price

Additional people: $20 each

Guild / Group Rates

Instructor must have approved Dye Lab training, and the guild / group must be a member of Textile Center. All renters and group participants are expected to know how to conduct themselves safely on the premises, and know how to handle materials properly.  Reservations are not final until payment in full is received.

Full Day / 9 am – 5 pm

$250 flat rate, for up to 8 participant artists

Half Day / 9 am – 12 noon or 1 – 4 pm

$180 flat rate, for up to 8 participant artists

Additional Equipment

Use of large 40-gallon dye vat: $35 for members. Training required.

Use of steam closet: $35 for members. Training required.

Key Card deposit: $35. Training required.

Cleaning Fee, if not left in excellent condition after rental: $50

To rent the dye lab and/or adjacent classroom (this is an additional fee), please call 612-436-0464 or email tkrumm@textilecentermn.org to check available dates.

Tools and Equipment in the Dye Lab

Safety Equipment

  • Four, independently-controlled ventilation hoods at work stations
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Eye wash station
  • Easy to clean stainless steel and laminate countertops
  • Gas shutoff valves

Use of the following items and equipment are included in your rental fee:

  • Small and large containers and buckets
  • Spoons and measuring cups, stirring tools, scales
  • Towels
  • Washers, dryer
  • Ironing boards, irons
  • Two 14 inch gas burners
  • 4 large sinks
  • Hot plates, blender, microwaves
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Reusable drop cloths & tarps, rolled paper table cover
  • Chemicals: soda ash, salt, citric acid, synthrapol, vinegar
  • Gloves & Masks (we recommend that you bring your own reusable ones)
  • Large raised work table and tall stools

The following items are not included in your rental fee:

  • Dyes and chemicals (except those 5 mentioned above).
  • Fabric or other materials to be dyed

Small amounts of dyes and chemicals are available in the Textile Center Shop for purchase.