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How to Grow a Dye Garden With Aaron Sanders Head

$65 per person Online Experience
3 sessions
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$65 per person
$65 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this 3-part lecture series, learn to plant, grow, harvest, and store native plants for dyeing.

Course Description

Design your very own dye garden, sowing the seeds for a diverse palette of color. Over the course of three weeks, textile artist Aaron Sanders Head will walk us through the process of planning, planting, and maintaining the garden, as well as mechanisms for harvesting and storing dye materials you can use in your craft. We’ll begin by creating a gardening schedule, then cover how to start seeds indoors—eventually transplanting them to an outdoor space. While we’ll focus on several typical plants used for natural dyeing (such as indigo, marigolds, and cosmos), the skills you’ll learn can be applied to a number of plants. 

Syllabus at a Glance

There are three total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours on 3 consecutive Thursdays beginning July 29.

Session 1 (Thursday, 7/29, 6:30–8 PM ET): Planning your garden

Session 2 (Thursday, 8/5, 6:30–8 PM ET): Starting your seeds

Session 3 (Thursday, 8/12, 6:30–8 PM ET): Gardening & harvesting

Between Sessions:

While there won't be homework in a traditional sense, participants will need to spend some time researching their zone, seeking out seeds and materials, planting seeds, and maintaining their gardens. If starting a garden in real-time with the course, you should expect to spend around 1.5 hours each week outside of class, depending on how expansive your plans are.

Pricing Options

We currently offer tiered ticket pricing in an effort to increase accessibility for all students, regardless of economic situation. Our lecture series are offered at three ticket prices, with a limited number of no-pay spots available as well for students who could not otherwise participate. This model is intended to support a wider range of students, as well as our instructors. Please select the ticket price that not only reflects your current financial experience, but also your access to resources, earning power, and economic privilege(s) related to race, gender, and immigration status, among other factors. To learn more about our tiered sliding scale pricing model, please visit our FAQ page.

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Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to the class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time. 

About Your Instructor
Aaron Sanders Head
Aaron Sanders Head

Aaron Sanders Head is a Southern textile artist focused on natural dyes and hand-stitching. Aaron explores the intersections of practices of the past with contemporary craft, and the ways that sewing and textile arts can aid in increasing diversity and representation in the creative class. He is based in Greensboro, Alabama where he lives in an 1830s home with his partner, musician Tim Higgins, and two cats, Splenda and Turnip. He maintains an active studio practice and extensive dye garden used in his work.

What Else You Should Know

This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch a recording after each session airs. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. Within 72 hours after each session airs, we will email all enrolled students a recording of the session, which they can watch using a temporary password for up to two weeks after the course concludes.

In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.

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