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Fashion Construction introduces young designers to fashion with an emphasis on discovering their own style, learning foundational skills in garment construction, and exploring the materials of fashion and their environmental impact. Students build skills in fashion research and drawing, altering existing garments, pattern-making, and machine sewing. Activities guide students through the process of developing ideas, finding inspiration, responding to the work of other artists, and considering the impact of fashion design on their community, and communities around the globe. As their designs develop, additional technical skills are introduced, including fabric printing, embroidery, and finishing techniques.

Solar Prints Using solar-sensitive dyes and cyanotype on fabric or paper, arrange your harvest and other small objects into patterns and collaged images. Watch your prints develop with the power of the sun.


Outdoor Bundle Dyeing Harvest directly from the garden and have fun experimenting with bundle dyeing, a direct press method for creating beautiful patterns and subtle shades. Go home with a beautiful scarf in one workshop.


Outdoor Tataki-zomé (Japanese Plant Pounding) Harvest natural dye materials from our garden and use hammers to pound the pigment of these flowers and plants to develop beautiful designs on fabric.

For more info see Natural Dyes in the Garden page.