ONSITE: Colors of the Wind: Exploring Natural Pigments, Lakes, Inks, and Modifiers

Discover techniques for using natural pigments and incorporating them into your creative practice. This class will cover the basics on how to save and extract pigment from old dye vats, and then process this pigment into ink and paints. We will also experiment with painted mordant and modifier application on cloth, to create unique patterns and beautiful organic designs.

Special Notes

  • Requires prior experience with natural dyes as a prerequisite.
  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
  • Students must follow social distancing protocols and wear masks at all times. For more info visit This is an On-site course. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit
About the Instructor

Alex Foster

Alex Foster is a fiber-based artist, living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Foster uses natural dyes and printing with plants on fabric to better understand the natural world. They received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers and Material Studies from James Madison University in 2015. A deep love for fabric has led them to work as a studio assistant for Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart Florida, an internship as a costume stitcher for the American Shakespeare Center, and two work-study fellowships at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Foster has exhibited artwork in cities across Virginia. They recently taught a natural dye workshop at Fiddlehead Farm and Apothecary and an Indigo+Shibori workshop at Studio Two Three in Richmond.

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ONSITE: Colors of the Wind: Exploring Natural Pigments, Lakes, Inks, and Modifiers

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September 13 - September 176:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Tuition: $145.00
Member Tuition: $130.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Alex Foster
Level: Intermediate