Natural Dye Workshop - Sumac and Goldenrod

Howitt Park

Join Anita Cazzola for a natural dye workshop focusing on the potential of Goldenrod, Sumac, and Willow.

The afternooon will start at 1pm at Howitt Park. We will gather here to speak about these native plants and their benefits to our local ecosystem. We will harvest Goldenrod flowers, sumac berries, and willow leaves. Participants will be provided with one pre-treated organic cotton bandana to dye and take home. Anita will also be dyeing sets of fabrics for future artworks (silk, wool, linen, hemp, and cotton fibers) so that participants can learn how each fiber type can affect dye results. We will step down to the creek to gather water for the dyepots, and proceed to dyeing. The event is expected to run until 5:30pm.

Please bring a mask and a reusable water bottle. Consider bringing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, gardening gloves, hand pruning shears, an apron, snacks, and a notebook & pencil.

This event has a limited capacity of 10 participants. Please note that there will be another dye workshop in September for anyone unable to attend this one.

COVID SAFETY NOTES: Participants are asked to wear masks when physical distancing is not possible (eg. when working close together at the dyepots, or when gathered as a group for discussion). Hand sanitizer will be provided and is to be used before handling any equipment. Due to the pandemic, refreshments will not be provided.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTES: Howitt Park is accessible via car, bicycle, and there is a city bus stop at Waterloo & Hearn Ave.

FREE - space limited