March 10th, 2024


Achieve brilliant blue hues and explore the magic of indigo! In this 3 hour session, your instructor Jessie Mordine Young will conduct a brief presentation with an introduction on Indigo and its interesting yet complex history. The class will go over the cultivation process: how indigo transforms from a bright green leafy plant to a hardened blue cake, and then to a magical vat full of dyeing possibilities. This presentation will also include a few contemporary artists working with the material, as a source of inspiration.
Together, we will create a fructose indigo vat, so you can replicate the process at home. You will also learn how to maintain it, providing it with longevity for many more dye sessions thereafter. Jessie will also demonstrate a variety of resist-dye techniques such as stitching, folding and binding that you can apply to fabric as a way of getting variations in a textile. We will also explore how one can achieve various shades of blue, by way of dipping and oxidation. Students will then implement these techniques into their fabrics to produce a range of unique and beautiful patterns.
The goal for this workshop is to provide you with the experience and knowledge to incorporate indigo dyeing into your own practice after the workshop. You will leave the class with a hand-dyed tote bag, a set of two napkins and a few fabric samples. All materials will be provided, but students have the option of bringing an additional article of clothing to class to dye (item must be made of 100% natural fibers!). A PDF with resources and instructions will be sent to each student after the session.

About the instructor: 

Jessie Mordine Young is a Brooklyn-based artist who researches, writes about, curates, makes and teaches textile art. In one of her more recent bodies of work, she embarked on a project of creating daily artworks, which she calls “woven drawings” or “thread sketches.” These pieces directly connect to her experiences in nature, where color and texture become tangible references to memory. Jessie is a recent graduate (2021) from the Masters Program in the History of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. She received her BFA in 2015 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) with a dual degree in Art History and Studio Art in Fiber and Material Studies. She is a part-time lecturer/faculty in the MFA Textiles Program and the Interior Design program at Parsons School of Design. You can view her woven work here.

More Info:

  • This is an in-person workshop
  • Students will have all needed materials to complete a weaving during the workshop
  • Looms are used during workshops and available for purchase to take home
  • The workshop will start on time, please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Our studio is located at 96 Knickerbocker Ave (corner of Thames) in Bushwick
  • Each ticket is valid for enough materials for 1 guest
  • All tickets are final sale and non-transferable
  • Workshops take place rain, shine or snow to bring you flowers regardless of the elements 🙂
  • Each workshop guest will receive 20% off all in-store shopping and complimentary wine or 0% abv kombucha from our neighbors at Henry’s Wine & Spirit and BKE! #shopsmall #supportlocal


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March 10th, 2024: 12pm-3pm

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