• Kayla Powers

Weaving with a Natural Palette

This past weekend I had the opportunity to teach a three-day Natural Dye and Weaving intensive at WildCraft Studio School. WildCraft offers workshops in contemporary art, craft, native art and other land based practices and is driven by the belief that, "resourcefulness, creativity, and a meaningful relationship to place are integral parts of the human experience and deserving of more space in contemporary life." The process of gathering plants from this land and dyeing natural fibers to create textiles is what makes me feel human and feel connected to the people who lived here before me and to the people who practice this work today.

The people that joined me for this workshop were curious and open and creative and so inspiring. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to share this craft and to connect with such interesting people who are also digging deeper into what it means to be human.

Before the workshop, I gathered plants from around Portland to dye with. We ended up using Rosemary, Japanese Maple, Barberry and Calendula. The fiber and fabric we dyed was then woven on a rigid heddle loom. The palette we all used was the same but the textiles created were totally unique. It was so beautiful to watch it all come together and to see people expressing themselves through these mediums. I don't always consider weaving to be the most expressive art form but this class gave me a whole new appreciation for the way we can convey parts of ourselves through textiles.

Here are a few photos of the process <3

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