How to Grow a Dye Garden With Aaron Sanders Head - Atlas Obscura Experiences

How to Grow a Dye Garden With Aaron Sanders Head

Tue, Apr 16, 2024
3 sessions
$65 per person
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$65 per person
$65 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this three-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 discussing options for long-lasting, homegrown color, and we'll create a gardening schedule. Then, we'll 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. We'll end the course with a showcase from Aaron which will demonstrate how to begin using these plants to create color. 

Syllabus at a Glance

This course includes three total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 16.

Session 1 (Tuesday, 4/16, 7:30–9 PM ET): Planning your garden

Session 2 (Tuesday, 4/23, 7:30–9 PM ET): Starting your seeds

Session 3 (Tuesday, 4/30, 7:30–9 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

This course is available at three ticket prices. This tiered pricing model is designed to increase access for a wider range of students as well as to support our instructors. In addition to tiered tickets, we offer a limited number of no-pay spots for students who would not otherwise be able to take this course. No-pay spots are selected via a randomized drawing two weeks before each section begins. For more information and to apply for a no-pay spot, please click here. To learn more about our pricing model and randomized selection process for no-pay spots, 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 each class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access all sessions of your course via Zoom.

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 of each session, after it airs, at a time that is convenient for them. 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 meets, students will receive access to a recording of the live session, which they can watch for up to two weeks after the course concludes.

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Dates and Availability
  • Tue, Apr 16, 2024
    7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
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