Upcoming Workshops


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Tuesday July 9, 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.


natural dyeing 101 workshop

Natural Dyeing 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
July 13 - 14, 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!


large format suminagashi workshop

Large Format Suminagashi

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Saturday July 20, 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.


bundle dyeing with botanicals

Bundle Dyeing with Botanicals

One-day Intensive
BareHands Artisans, Belmar New Jersey
Sunday July 21, 2019
1:00 - 5:00
$150

Join us for a relaxing and vivid afternoon of bundle dyeing to extract color and pattern from plants. Students will imprint fabric with the botanical dyes of petals, leaves, and roots. We’ll reveal the wealth of color hidden in common dye plants such as coreopsis, marigold, and cosmos. After dyeing a few swatches in a variety of colors, each student pattern their own silk scarf with this fun, ecologically friendly, and aromatherapeutic way to explore botanical color. Students may bring an extra natural fiber fabric or garment they wish to experimental with. Pack a lunch and beverage and be ready to delve into this artistic experience!


natural dyeing adult summer camp

From Plant to Pigment: Natural Dye Explorations

Adult Summer Camp
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
July 22 - 26, 2019
10:30 - 1:30, with extended open studio access
$600 (see below for scholarship information)

This 5 day intensive course delves into the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable natural dyes. Students will learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, and extracting color from a variety of fresh and dried plants. Special attention will be paid to the selection of mordants for lasting color in textiles and works on paper. After getting familiar with the best practices of natural dyeing, we’ll explore print and pattern opportunities. We’ll also produce handmade inks and lake pigment watercolors. This process of transforming the dye baths into lake pigments stabilizes and preserve the dyes for future projects and uses up every drop of natural color.

Class structure: Class will meet with the instructor Monday through Friday from 10:30am-1:30pm. This course encourages students to get creative and develop their artwork independently, with extended open studio hours after each class session. Your focus may be building a comprehensive swatch library, tackling a big project, or pure experimentation. On Friday evening from 7-9pm students are invited to share their work with the public during a show and tell session.

Materials for experimentation during class are included in the class fee. You’ll be provided with a material list from the instructor with material suggestions for personal exploration and project creation (These may include fabric, yarn, paper, vegetable tanned leather, or other natural materials.)

Adult Textile Camp Scholarship
TAC will be granting one full scholarship to an applicant who:

  • Identifies racially and/or culturally with a historically underrepresented community

  • Has the need for financial assistance to advance their artistic career

  • Demonstrates commitment to their art practice/craft

Learn more and Apply Here.


natural dyes for book and paper artists

Natural Dyeing for Book and Paper Artists

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
August 4 - 10, 2019
$600
room and board available

This workshop introduces students to sustainable sources of color as they extract and fix natural dyes to paper, fabric and thread. You will discover the historical and material sympathy between natural dyes and traditional bookbinding fibers and pay special attention to the use of mordants for lasting color. After applying color and pattern to book materials, participants will move to the bindery to create structures featuring the dyed elements. Students will depart with thorough knowledge of the best practices of natural dyeing, the beginnings of a swatch library, and handmade books incorporating myriad botanical hues. Open to all skill levels.


natural dyeing 101

Natural Dyeing 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
August 17 - 18, 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!


large format marbling workshop

Large Format Marbling

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Saturday August 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.


intro to book arts

Intro to Book Arts

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Sunday August 25, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

This course introduces students to bookbinding as a fluid and expressive craft that dovetails with fiber arts. Students learn the fundamental vocabulary and tools of bookbinding as we create three simple book structures. Each model will explore the tactile qualities of book materials and methods for folding, hinging, and stitching them together.


coptic bookbinding workshop

Coptic Book Binding

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

Developed in 4th century Egypt, Coptic books have beautiful linked stitches that stretch across the spine and open flat, perfect for a sketchbook or journal. In this one-day workshop workshop, each student will complete the binding of a book. All levels of experience welcome! Students are invited but not required to bring decorative papers they would like to use for their book's cover.


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
Glebe House
635 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Saturday September 28, 2019
10:00 - 4:00
$185

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
Trolley Barn Community Art Center
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.


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. 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.


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

Contact Natalie for information about hosting workshops in your studio.