2-part workshop: Plant Dyes and Propaganda


Sunday, July 10, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

July 10 and 17, 2-3:30pm

Registration Required: Register on eventbrite

Location: Painting Space 122 Associates 150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

In this two-part workshop taking place on July 10th and 17th, offered as part of Summer School programming with ABC No Rio, participants will learn how to use natural dyes to create vibrant flags and banners meant to live in public spaces. 

On day 1 we will identify regional plants used for dyeing and learn the basics of various natural dye processes. We will then use a variety of regional plants to dye fabric together in a process called bundle dyeing. All materials for dyeing will be provided, however participants will also be encouraged to bring plants that hold personal significance—so that different nyc spaces and geographies are represented in the dyed textiles. 

On day 2, we will use a combination of our previously dyed and recycled fabrics to create flags and banners with messaging. All materials for constructing and decorating flags will be provided, however participants should again feel welcome to bring any additional fabrics or materials they wish. We will make the flags with the intent to later install them in public spaces to be regularly viewed and interacted with. Flags can be made individually or collectively. 

Before the start of the workshop participants will receive a handout with helpful resources, should they wish to prepare any materials beforehand. 

All participants will be required to wear masks during the workshop in PS122 Gallery

This program is offered as part of Summer School: Art, Education & Radical Resistance
ABC No Rio in Exile PS122 Gallery
150 First Avenue

Summer School: Art, Education & Radical Resistance focuses on the artist’s role as activist, art as a community organizing tool, and teaching as the sharing of resistant knowledge. Emphasizing the processes of artists participating in public discourse, Summer School examines how support for shared values drives alternative politics and ideas through the arts.

Summer School includes artwork of varied media, screenings, documentation of past and current projects, workshops, skill-shares, and other public presentations.

ABC No Rio often explores new ways to organize and implement its projects. Summer School continues this tradition of actively involving participating artists, collectives and other entities in the planning, organization, and installation of exhibitions.

Summer School: Art, Education & Radical Resistance is funded in part by the New York State Council on Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

ABC No Rio in Exile
In 2017 the Lower East Side arts center vacated its building on Rivington Street in advance of construction a new facility. During the construction of its new building, ABC No Rio programs and operations continue “in exile” at other venues and in collaboration with other organizations. ABC No Rio in Exile provides a renewed and focused orientation towards collaborative work that brings us back to our roots — ABC No Rio was founded as a project of the 1970s artist group Collaborative Projects — and in “exile” ABC No Rio remains a “place” where people share resources and ideas in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support.

This event is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.