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November 5, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Category: Workshop
Location: Science Hall 4th Floor | Map
5045 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff


Join Color Wheel Michigan and the Detroit Biodiversity Network for a free natural dye presentation and Japanese Indigo dye experience.  This event will focus on the group's experience growing and foraging for natural dye plants in the Detroit area. We will harvest and process Japanese indigo plants that have been grown and tended by the Detroit Biodiversity Network to yield fresh mermaid aqua blue upon natural fibers. We will talk a little about the science behind the process and offer the opportunity for participants to bring a small piece of natural fabric or yarn to hand dye in a commercial indigo vat.


Color Wheel was founded by three metro Detroit-based natural dye artists, Amanda, Lauren and Michelle, who share an interest in localizing their art medium and bringing awareness to sustainable textile practices. Since 2015, the group has grown dye gardens, offered garden tours and natural dye workshops, and produced seeds and marketplace goods. These efforts go toward their mission to connect community and environment by exploring the history, science, and art of natural color making.

For more information about this event, please contact Natalie Lyon at 2484219940 or