(Minneapolis, MN) –Textile Center proudly presents “Indigo-Go,” a free family festival of fiber art making experiences coupled with a local fiber artist market on Saturday, August 26, from 1 to 4 pm.
This multicultural, intergenerational Saturday afternoon celebration will bring together youth and families with free fiber art making experiences. A special focus will be on indigo dyeing for yarn using Ikat resist dyeing techniques. Textile Center will create a community dye vat set up in our parking lot, next to “A Garden to Dye For” natural dye plant garden.
Indigo dyeing has a “magical” quality, as it turns natural fibers into a rich indigo blue. When pulled from the vat, materials are first a yellow-green hue, and quickly start turning blue when exposed to air. Indigo is a safe, natural dye, which does no harm to the environment.
Participants will then use this indigo-dyed yarn to learn kumihimo (Japanese) braiding with Textile Center teaching artists, or making plied bracelets using Somali techniques that are part of the Kebed weaving process, to be taught by elders associated with the Somali Museum of Minnesota. An added component will be a fiber art market, providing local artists with an opportunity to sell their work. The Festival will also feature guided tours of Textile Center’s current exhibitions and refreshments.
The Festival supports Textile Center’s strong bond with the Prospect Park neighborhood, the work of the Prospect Park Association, Prospect Park 2020 (PP2020), the Towerside Innovation District, and the Towerside Business Alliance, by showcasing our neighborhood’s commitment to arts and culture.
Sponsored by Prospect Park Co-op Legacy Fund.
Program Partners: East Side Neighborhood Services Luxton Learners; Somali Museum of Minnesota
TEXTILE CENTER – A NATIONAL CENTER FOR FIBER ART
Textile Center is unique as America's national center for fiber art, with a mission to honor textile traditions, promote excellence and innovation, and inspire widespread participation in fiber arts.
The Center’s programming includes exceptional fiber art exhibitions in four gallery spaces, an artisan shop, a professional-grade dye lab, a natural dye plant garden, and one of the nation's largest circulating textile libraries open to the public. Textile Center produces more than 200 classes a year for all ages and skill levels and the Youth Fiber Art Guild.™ A dynamic hub of fiber activity for 23 years, Textile Center brings people together in community to learn, create, share, and be inspired by fiber art.
For more information, visit: http://textilecentermn.org.
PRESS CONTACT: Jenny Jones, Director of Communications & Annual Giving
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