DIY / Make

Natural Dyes Workshop {sold out} Saturday, December 2, 12:00 pm

Create your own natural, plant-based dyes and take home your own project.

Natural Dyes Workshop {sold out}
Photo: Michelle Montgomery
Event Type

Advanced workshop


4 hrs


All ages


$125 for members
$150 for non-members


The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for working in the outdoors. We recommend you bring a garden hat, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle/canteen.

We will be taking pictures and possibly video to use on our website, social and other educational media, and by registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.

The art of natural dyeing using colors derived from plants and minerals is a practice that has brought color to our world since the Stone Age.

Today, choosing natural dyes over the chemical alternatives is more important than ever. Much of our clothing is dyed with synthetic chemicals like sulfur, nitrates, and heavy metals like copper, mercury, and lead. The widespread use of these dyes contributes to many environmental and health impacts including polluted watersheds, unsafe drinking water, wildlife extinction, and human respiratory and skin problems. Learn the art of natural dyeing and carry this sustainable practice and its process and products are gentle to our environment and own health. 

In this workshop we will:
  • Learn about history and future of natural dyes
  • Discover a few commonly found and grown dye plants found in Southern California
  • Process plants for natural dyeing
  • Complete a natural dye project from start to finish (i.e. silk scarf, socks, t-shirt)
  • Each participant will make a dye chart and swatches of cotton and wool fibers

Kristin Morrison


Kristin Morrison of All Species is an artist whose work focuses primarily on natural dyes sourced from our local and native ecosystems. She uses natural dyes as a medium for dyeing and printing on textiles, installation, her own apparel line All Species, and most importantly as a conceptual vehicle to demonstrate how we are all connected to the natural world.