Upcoming Workshops


natural dyeing workshop

Natural Dyeing 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
September 21 - 22, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$315

This two day intensive introduces students to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Students learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary applications of pattern. Students will leave with the substantial beginnings of a swatch library documenting a range of fibers, dyes, mordants, and modifiers. Bring along any materials you'd like to experiment with!


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Thursday September 26, 2019
6:30 - 9:30
$85

Once one of our younger students described marbling as "magic fighting magic". That's pretty much how we feel about this magical technique. In this workshop you'll learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to set up a marbling bath and the best inks to use.


botanical indigo workshop

Botanical Indigo Dyeing

Fall Kill Creative Works
Story Works
635 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Saturday September 28, 2019
10:00 - 4:00
$175

Focusing on plant derived natural indigo, students in this intensive workshop will prepare two organic indigo vats for dyeing both protein and cellulose fibers. We’ll create an array of swatches and explore resist dyeing techniques reliant on the particular working qualities of indigo. Fabric will be provided, but students may bring along materials they wish to experiment with in the dye pot.


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

Fall Kill Creative Works
Textile Works
489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Saturday September 29, 2019
10:00 - 4:00
$185

Fabric marbling is a wonderful blend of printmaking, repeat pattern development, and color play! In this intensive one-day workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of marbling, including how to select materials and manipulate the chemistry of the marbling tray. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbled decoration as we explore traditional techniques and combed patterns. Students will then develop their own designs on cotton and silk to take home with them. All materials will be provided, but students may bring natural fiber fabric they wish to make experimental prints on.


painting with found pigments

Painting with Found Pigments

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square, Manhattan
Wednesday October 9, 2019
5:30 - 8:30
$25 members, students, artists, seniors; $30 general public

Working with found pigments is a wonderful way to engage with the local landscape and tie artwork to a specific place. Inspired by exhibition artists Aloïse Corbaz and James Castle, who used the natural materials available to them to create their work, participants in this workshop will be introduced to the natural colors of foraged mineral pigments and botanical lake pigments. Teaching artist Natalie Stopka will share a hands-on demo of pigment grinding and paint mixing with a soy binder, focusing on a selection of lake pigments from her studio garden. Students will then use the handmade paints to create their own works on paper. All materials are provided. The program is limited to 20 individuals.

This workshop is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler, opening September 17.


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Sunday October 13, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

Once one of our younger students described marbling as "magic fighting magic". That's pretty much how we feel about this magical technique. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of marbling, including how to select fabrics and prepare a marbling vat to create permanent prints. After getting familiar with traditional patterns, students can develop their own palette and style to create a suite of patterns.


japanese marbling workshop

Large Format Suminagashi

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Saturday October 19, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

Suminagashi is the Japanese art of marbling by floating ink on the surface of water. In this one day intensive, students learn the basics of this centuries-old monoprint technique, including the tools and materials it requires and the ideology shaping suminagashi practice up to the present. Students will develop a suite of patterns on paper and fabric using the natural forces of wind, vibration, and chemical interaction. Small studies will be expanded upon in our large 4x4’ marbling vat, where students will have the opportunity to print yardage with their unique patterns! Materials will be provided by TAC, but feel free to bring up to 1 additional yard of natural fiber fabric to experiment with.


marbling workshop

Marbling Retreat: Suminagashi, Paper, and Fabric Printing

Aya Fiber Studio
Stuart, Florida
October 22 - 24, 2019
Tuition: $420
Materials fee: $75

Marbling is a wonderful blend of monotype printing, repeat pattern development, and color play! In this three-day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of marbling on both paper and fabric, including how to select materials and manipulate the chemistry of the marbling vat. We’ll discuss the history behind the craft, beginning with Japanese suminagashi and progressing through Turkish and European patterns. Recipes for sumi ink, watercolor paints, and acrylic paints will be shared, as well as troubleshooting advice and advanced techniques. After students have familiarized themselves with the tools and methods for creating permanent prints, they’ll be free to develop their own collection of patterns! Previous experience is not required.

Each student will have their own 16x20” marbling tray, and we’ll share trays for large format printing (12x60”, 15x72” and 22x72”). Materials will be provided, but students are welcome to bring paper, fabric, or scarves they wish to experiment with. Natural fiber fabrics such as silk, cotton, or linen and medium weight drawing papers are good options for marbling. Please thoroughly pre-wash all fabrics without fabric softener.


fabric painting with natural pigments

Fabric Painting with Natural Pigments

Fall Kill Creative Works
Textile Works
489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Saturday November 2, 2019
10:00 - 3:00

In this one-day course students are introduced to the world of natural color: earth pigments and lake pigments extracted from plants. We’ll prepare our own fabric paints with a homemade soy protein binder to apply our beautiful natural palette to fabric. We’ll also discuss the process of foraging minerals and dye plants to convert into unique local, handmade palettes.


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

Fall Kill Creative Works
Textile Works
489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Sunday November 3, 2019
10:00 - 4:00

Fabric marbling is a wonderful blend of printmaking, repeat pattern development, and color play! In this intensive one-day workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of marbling, including how to select materials and manipulate the chemistry of the marbling tray. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbled decoration as we explore traditional techniques and combed patterns. Students will then develop their own designs on cotton and silk to take home with them. All materials will be provided, but students may bring natural fiber fabric they wish to make experimental prints on.


book arts 101

Book Arts 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
November 9 - 10, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$315

This course introduces students to bookbinding as a fluid and expressive art form that dovetails with fiber arts. Students learn the fundamental vocabulary and tools of bookbinding as we create five different book structures. Each book model will explore the opportunities to connect fiber and book arts with techniques including embroidery, needle weaving, natural dyeing, and resist dyeing.


bundle dyeing workshop

Bundle Dyeing

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Tuesday November 14, 2019
6:30 - 9:30
$85

In this one night workshop, students learn the basics of extracting color from plants for accessible and sustainable naturally-dyed fabric. We'll explore the Bundle Dyeing technique of directly imprinting fabric with the petals, leaves, and roots of dye plants to create beautiful patterns. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, silk, etc)!


large format fabric marbling

Large Format Marbling

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Sunday November 24, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

In this one day intensive, students will learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to prepare a marbling tray and the best pigments to use for permanent prints. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbling traditions, then get colorful creating marbled monoprints. Small studies will be expanded upon in our large 4x4’ marbling vat, where students will have the opportunity to print yardage with their unique patterns! Materials will be provided by TAC, but students may bring 1 yard of additional natural fiber fabric if they wish.


paper marbling workshop

Paper Marbling

One-day Intensive
Manhattan Graphics Center
Sunday December 8, 2019
10:30 - 4:30

Paper marbling is a wonderful blend of monotype printing, repeat pattern development, and color play! In this one day intensive students will learn the fundamentals of acrylic marbling, including how to select materials and the chemistry of the marbling vat. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbling as we explore traditional techniques, combed patterns, and important troubleshooting. Students will then develop their own palette and style to create a suite of designs to take home with them. Students may bring papers they wish to experiment with in our 16x20” marbling trays.


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Sunday December 15, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

Once one of our younger students described marbling as "magic fighting magic". That's pretty much how we feel about this magical technique. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of marbling, including how to select fabrics and prepare a marbling vat to create permanent prints. After getting familiar with traditional patterns, students can develop their own palette and style to create a suite of patterns.


natural dyeing 101 workshop

Natural Dyeing 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
January 11 - 12, 2020
11:00 - 5:00
$315

This two day intensive introduces students to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Students learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary applications of pattern. Students will leave with the substantial beginnings of a swatch library documenting a range of fibers, dyes, mordants, and modifiers. Bring along any materials you'd like to experiment with!


large format marbling workshop

Large Format Marbling

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Sunday January 26, 2020
11:00 - 5:00
$160

In this one day intensive, students will learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to prepare a marbling tray and the best pigments to use for permanent prints. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbling traditions, then get colorful creating marbled monoprints. Small studies will be expanded upon in our large 4x4’ marbling vat, where students will have the opportunity to print yardage with their unique patterns! Materials will be provided by TAC, but students may bring 1 yard of additional natural fiber fabric if they wish.


color theory workshop

Color Theory

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Thursday February 20, 2020
6:30 - 9:30
85$

This course will inspire and inform students to get creative with color! Whether you don’t know the basics or your palette is burned out, we’ll awaken your color sense with a discussion of color theory and materiality. Each student will assess their color preferences and learn how to extrapolate their favorite color harmonies into endless palettes. An overview of pigments, dyes, and binders will give students a springboard for applying theory to practice. Please bring to class 3-5 digital or physical images with color palettes you love.


book arts 101 workshop

Book Arts 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
February 22 - 23, 2020
11:00 - 5:00
$315

This course introduces students to bookbinding as a fluid and expressive art form that dovetails with fiber arts. Students learn the fundamental vocabulary and tools of bookbinding as we create five different book structures. Each book model will explore the opportunities to connect fiber and book arts with techniques including embroidery, needle weaving, natural dyeing, and resist dyeing.


Registration for all Textile Arts Center classes can be found here.

Contact Natalie for information about hosting workshops in your studio.