I had the wonderful opportunity to learn natural dyeing with on of TRY Studio's teachers, Helen.
To say I learned a lot is an understatement.
I walked away with a silk scarf and a thought... what if we could de-compartmentalize learning more often?
Natural dyeing covers so many disciplines and after my two hours with Helen, it was impossible not to want to learn more. There was the agriculture side of growing plants that can be used in dyeing and that the dyes aren't necessarily unique to one given plant but rather a dye might be found across multiple species, many of whom aren't related to one another.
There was the chemistry of binders and heat and dilution (or not as it turns out; ask Helen when you see her!), and the magic of adding iron to the mix.
It was a lesson in more than color play and it was engaging in a whole new way.
Some of the photos from my time with Helen are below.