Kim Eichler-Messmer


Natural Dye Workshop

I was extremely fortunate to receive an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant to attend a natural dye workshop this summer. It was at the Textile Center of Minnesota in Minneapolis - an amazing place - and was taught by Michel Garcia. As many of you know, I have been dyeing my own fabric for about 15 years. In those 15 years I have explored every type of synthetic dye and I have been really excited about the extremely wide range of color you can create with them. However, in the past year or so I have started to become more aware of the impact my work has on my body and the environment and I have started to look into switching from synthetic dyes to natural dyes. This was in part spurred on by the amazing experience I had at the SDA conference at Arrowmont this fall. It's going to be a long process to fully make the switch, but the workshop has been incredible and I'm excited to see where the journey goes!