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Natural Dye Class at The Ranch

Learn to Dye with Flowers & Food on August 29th 4-6

Service Description

Let's spend a day learning how to create natural dyes from food waste & flowers! Together we will explore how commonly thrown out or composted food items and flowers that grow in Southern California can transform into vibrant eco-friendly dyes that bring new life and joy to textiles. This class will invite you to step into exploring the possibilities of botanical dyeing while simultaneously fostering a deeper connection with nature. Together we will explore each of the five steps of the dyeing process outlined below that will set you up for success so you feel confident to start on your botanical dyeing journey. In this class we will be dyeing cotton socks. It is strongly recommended to bring a blank notebook that can be used as your dye journal to take notes during the class and as you continue on with natural dyeing. Step 1: Preparing your dyeing space and weighing your goods Step 2: Scouring Step 3: Mordanting Step 4: Dyeing your goods Step 5: Washing and care This class is for adults, but also family friendly. Ages 6+ (not a drop-off, young guests must be accompanied by a participating adult) San Diego native, Andie Thompson is a botanical dyer and educator with a passion for infusing art with environmental consciousness. Her journey into the world of natural dyeing first began over ten years ago while in college studying sociology and environmental science in Portland, Oregon, where she was fascinated by the intersection of creativity and sustainability. She found inspiration in the idea of repurposing food waste from the restaurant she worked at into dyes to bring new life to well-loved things while diverting food waste from local landfills, highlighting the idea that one could create beauty while simultaneously nurturing the planet. This ethos became the driving force behind her work, leading to the concept and creation of Esra Collective, her botanically dyed, ethically made, organic clothing and homewares line. As an educator, Andie is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and passion with others, empowering all individuals to feel welcome to step into exploring the possibilities of botanical dyeing while fostering a deeper connection with nature. She believes that there is a healing both for ourselves and the earth when we slow down and find the joy in play while working with natural dyes found in our local ecosystems. Andie lives in South Park, San Diego w/ her partner, two children Nyah and Kai, and their golden retriever Delila.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

To cancel or reschedule please contact us with 24 hours notice.

Contact Details

  • 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA, USA

    (619) 432-5121

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