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Dyer Maker StudioBy Dyer Maker Studio
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Dyer Maker StudioBy Dyer Maker Studio
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$1,758
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About

Natural Dyes with stone metates
Natural Dyes with stone metates

NEW REWARD: Each person will receive a piece of silk cut from the same cloth documenting all of the dyes I tested during the research trip.Each piece is numbered, and comes with documentation pertaining to the what and where of the dye source. The cloth represents the unity of color across America and is a limited edition work.

The American Dye Party, Colors Across America is a Dyer Maker Studio travelling workshop committed to re-searching and re-discovering dye plants that exist across the American landscape focusing on plants on the wayside and what may be growing in your backyard.

The dye baths
The dye baths

Environmental Alchemy -  I will be collecting dye plants during the trip and compiling them into a sample dye book that will become a record of "color across America" - the intention is to preserve the traditional craft of natural dyeing while educating people about the use of natural resources and environmental responsibility associated with it. Historically we have polluted the earth. It's time to stop, look around, reassess and begin again. www.dyermakerstudio.com

Dyer Maker Studio's philosophy on color is that it is fluid. Each dye is created with natural and raw materials. The adaption of chemicals in the dye process controlled color for repetitive production resulting in the standardization of color and materials all the while polluting the environment. I allow the colors to be what they are at the time I am creating them. I love making natural dyes. I obtain beautiful results as you will see. We work really well together and the environment is spared  the further stress of pollutants. 

While I am on the road......I will come to you.....

Host a natural "dye party" in your backyard or community center - By supporting this project you and your friends will have the opportunity to learn about the art and history of natural dyeing. I have designed an inter-disciplinary workshop, where each student will have hands-on experience in textile design techniques relating to history, art, and science, with particular emphasis on sustainability and your own natural environment.

The color palette
The color palette

All materials Included - Each participant will engage in the art of textile design that will yield a unique result relative to each person's own process. You and your guests will be supplied with the design tools and silk fabric to create your very own wearable art - including a sample book to record the colors we create from plants growing in your region.  I will supplement dye materials from my own collection to achieve maximum color. You are going to love it and will be amazed by the beautiful colors nature provides.

Silk flower
Silk flower
Design in process
Design in process

The objective of a Dyer Maker Studio workshop is to bring the educational workshop to you and your friends so that you may learn to develop or reinforce visual and tactile skills through the art of textile design - furthering each individuals own creative process..

The advantage of hosting a "dye party" in your backyard: 

Create color from plants you may have growing around your house or community so that you can do this long after I leave (of course you can always contact me - chances are we will become friends). 

Have a unique and creative experience with friends. 

Design one of a kind, beautiful silk fabrics you can wear or use to decorate your house.

Work with a professional artist who loves to teach and is passionate about protecting the environment and natural resources. I'm on a mission after all!

Meet me in your backyard with some friends and I will show you how to use plants you think are weeds, create when you thought you couldn't, and learn fascinating bits and pieces of history that they rarely teach you in school - and of course tap into your creative self. Heck, let's have a barbecue and break bread together.

Silk scarves
Silk scarves
Sarong
Sarong
Belly Dancing Wrap/shawl
Belly Dancing Wrap/shawl

With a successful campaign, I will be able to rent a vehicle and purchase camping equipment that will allow me to "have the luxury" to conduct research and document plants growing alongside the road, waste places, open areas and, of course, your yard or neighborhood  when I get there. No endangered species!! This is another reason to go to the wayside. There will be plenty of plants growing!

Estimated Route: Much of it Depends on you! 

This route is subject to change of course but this is the gist.  I will begin my journey from my hometown of Berkley Ma. - head towards the Carolinas - then west to Colorado - then down to the southwest, further on to San Diego (of course I will take a picture of me in Berkeley California), then up to the great redwoods where I may faint by the sight of them. From the west I will make my way back east by following the footsteps of Lewis and Clark (I am sure they must have missed something) - onward to Michigan, then  back home. I will then sleep for a week or so before I go back to the studio to sort it all out. 

Time frame is flexible~ I will work with each dye party group to coordinate the best and most practical time for me to get there. Then it's work work work of course I would love the help!

East Coasters figure on Late August and into the fall,  you are far more reachable than the West. We can toss around some dates. 

Just out of Reach - I set the campaign at the bare minimum for rental, fuel, camping gear, sustenance, material costs, rewards, and of course, more fuel (ugh!). This is just to get me around to record and document the plants and colors. Which ever way the wind is blowing, that's where I am going~ There are 11 growing zones just in the continental USA.

  • 11,500 + will help me upgrade my tech equipment so I can communicate with all of you, blog, transfer images, film etc. on the road effortlessly. I would be so happy and it would make life on the road so much easier. 
  • 15,000 + or more will allow me to begin the process of writing and publishing a full color instructional book/manual all about my research and this trip. Lots to organize, curate, write, edit, cite and the list goes on.
  • 25,000 + or more, consider it done, with thanks and acknowledgements to everyone who helped me achieve one of my dreams. Personally autographed with purchase of book.
  • 35,000 +  At this point I have a mobile studio and I am on the road for a period of time to cover more ground and present workshops to schools around the country. 

NOTES

Reaching the last goal is the ultimate in this campaign.  To bring this into a class room and be artist in residence (from the road) when so much of art is cut and its importance diminished - that would truly be THE ultimate goal. 

Examples of work used for rewards (some).  Remember all works are unique and will vary in color and design. I will do my best to fulfill color preferences. I give you my Dyer Maker philosophical promise!

Music by Mercy Bell.

Gift bag with hand dyed paper
Gift bag with hand dyed paper
natural dyed silk thread
natural dyed silk thread
Black walnut writing kit. Paper not shown,
Black walnut writing kit. Paper not shown,
silk hue
silk hue
Silk wrap
Silk wrap
Silk panels
Silk panels
shibori design detail
shibori design detail

Risks and challenges

The main concern is transportation cost. I estimated the fuel cost the best that I could. Who knows how much fuel will cost in July and August. Out of my control, that one.

Another risk is transportation repair. I do have AAA, however, they do not cover repairs. Here's to hoping I won't have to call them.

If any major setback occurs, like weather conditions and I cannot finish the trip, I will send you the amount of your support in goods from my own studio. I am more than happy to transfer the goods into gift bags and packages so you will be ready to go for any gift giving occasion. If not, more goods for you!

Other than that, what I do in the studio on a regular basis is what I will be presenting to you in terms of gifts. Regardless where I make them - you will get them.

Thank you for reading.

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    I will send you a hand written, limited edition, "The American Dye Party" postcard with a clever and witty response about our beautiful American landscape from the edge of somewhere when I am on the road; and a big thank you with good Karma on the side, for supporting the arts.

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    Limited edition "American Dye Party" bumper sticker and postcard. More good karma~

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    11x11 silk abstract "painting. Something you can frame. Unique one of a kind, dyed with the plants found on the road and from my collection. mounted on linen.

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    Silk Embroidery Kit:
    1 - 11x11 dyed silk square with three spools of silk thread stored in a tin box - hand dyed with dye samples taken from the road.

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    Dyer maker Studio hand crafted Black Walnut ink with pen, honed by hand and made from natural materials collected on the trip.

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    Dyer maker Studio Writing Kit: contains hand crafted Black Walnut ink with signature hand designed pen made from natural materials collected on the trip with a set of note cards, parchment paper and envelopes.

    This makes a beautiful gift for the writers in the family.

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    1 natural dyed, light weight, fluid silk wrap (very feminine) 15x60 from a dye harvested from the road. Suggest a color from my palette and I will do my best to fulfill your request. Every color is unique. This is part of the beauty of natural dyes. No limited addition necessary. Everything is one of a kind.

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    1 natural dyed abstract silk wrap 14x72 a HEAVIER silk, (good weight for men and women) from a dye harvested from the road. Suggest a color from my palette and I will do my best to fulfill your request. Every color is unique. This is part of the beauty of natural dyes. No limited edition necessary, everything is one of a kind.

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    Gift Package: 3 silk wraps 15x60 from a dye harvested from the road. Suggest a color from my palette and I will do my best to fulfill your request. Every color is unique. This is part of the beauty of natural dyes. Gift bags included - shipped to you ready to give.

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    Silk Panel: Designed by hand with dyes harvested from the trip - No limited edition necessary, everything is one of a kind. Spider web or circle print. Your choice.

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    Silk Sarong - 45x72 silk wrap that can be worn in a variety of ways. Suggest a color from my palette and I will do my best to fulfill your request. Every color is unique. This is part of the beauty of natural dyes. Print.

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    Gift Package: 6 silk wraps 15x60 from dyes harvested from the road. Suggest a color from my palette and I will do my best to fulfill your request. Every color is unique. This is part of the beauty of natural dyes. Gift bags included - shipped to you ready to give.

    Shopping done for whatever gift occasion.

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    I will give you a shout out at the Grand Canyon, film it so you can see and hear it! Plus reward#2, #3, #6, #7.

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    Scarf dyeing workshop with you and your friends. Split it up and have a dye party! 50.00 each equals 8 people. 1 14x72 scarf. I will even throw in a freebie.

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    I will give you a shout out at the Grand Canyon, film it so you can see and hear it! Plus reward #2, #3 #6, #7, #8. #9.

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    Natural Dye Workshop : 6 people

    This is a 4-6 hour class where you will be instructed on how to create your own dyes from what is growing in your back yard. You will have your choice of three types of silk material to design using ancient techniques. All materials included. Each person chooses what they would like to design.

    Custom length shawl or sarong
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    3 silk scarves.

    Heading West July and August.

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    Natural Dye Workshop : 6 people

    This is a 4-6 hour class where you will be instructed on how to create your own dyes from what is growing in your back yard. You will have your choice of three types of silk material to design using ancient techniques. All materials included.Each person chooses what they would like to design.

    Custom length shawl or sarong
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    3 silk scarves.

    West coast to Northwest then heading back east.

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    While on vacation in the Southcoast, where I live

    I will be your personal tour guide for a day or two - show you around town. Visit other local artists - I know a bunch! Buy you dinner at a local restaurant and later you can see a show at the Narrows Center for the Arts for you and a guest. Your choice of show. Take with you reward item #9 - hopefully for you, and #12 for gifts to bring back with you and a shout out at the Grand Canyon. The Narrows is a superb venue to see a show - you never know what kind of perks go with this one.

    Advance notice an absolute - communication a must.

    Expires May 31st 2014 - Renewable upon request for a limited amount of time. We can work out dates.

    p.s. I love history so you will learn a lot!

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