We are so excited to welcome back textile artist, dyer, weaver and potter Chloë Hight for a botanical dying class.
In this workshop we will explore the magic of plant pigments, shapes, and patterns through a botanical bundle dyeing process. Students will design their own naturally dyed silk scarves and use steam to release and reveal each plants' unique color and texture.
We'll also create our own unique floral spray with various plants, herbs, and essential oils that can be used to cleanse your home or lift your spirits.
This class will take place on Sunday, October 17th
Cost: $75 per student
Each person will take home 2 silk scarves (1 small/1 large)
All plant materials for dyeing/mordants will be supplied
We’ll enjoy an herbal shrub mocktail and herbal tea too!
Limited to 10 students only
Chloë Hight (she/her/hers) was raised by the flow of the Columbia River and twisting white oak trees in the small town of Hood River, Oregon. Her first memories grew from spending endless hours immersed in the local landscape and have blossomed into a lifelong thread of creative inspiration. Chloë was called to study pottery and printmaking at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver British, Columbia, Canada and has been guided by many mentors along her journey. Her studies lead her to the small village of Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca, México to learn from Horacio Guitiérez, a woolen textile weaver and natural dyer. He generously shared his knowledge of cloth and how each plant, hand spun skein of wool, and steaming dye pot was an expression of the story of his people and their deeply rooted relationship with place. This experience profoundly influenced Chloë’s artistic practice and she began searching for ways to deepen her relationship with creative materials and techniques that reflected the place where she lived. Chloë returned to Vancouver, BC and began an apprenticeship with the EartHand Gleaners Society studying under Sharon Kallis and Rebecca Graham to learn the process of growing and repurposing local and introduced plants for textile fiber, botanical dyes, and basket weaving material.
Chloë now lives in Portland, Oregon (Chinook Lands) and is a practicing visual and teaching artist. She works with local organizations such as, Rewild Portland, The Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, and Wildcraft Studio School to create opportunities for children and adults to build deeper relationships with place through visual art and traditional hand technologies (weaving, pottery, plant dyeing, paper making, earth pigments, and more).