Two Botanically Inspired Workshops in August at Wing & A Prayer Farm
August 19 & 20, Wing & A Prayer Farm is proud to host Kelsie Doty, Cornell’s Natural Dye & Sustainability academic, for “Foraging & Flowers.” We’ll learn to extract color from nature by working with fallen & foraged leaves and flowers, cloth and papers, mallets and stones to create beautiful silk scarves and printed art.
On Saturday, from 10 -4:00, Kelsie will lead us to forage and dye in solid colors. A full day of exploring the colors in nature and the various methods of coaxing them onto our fiber with thorough and enchanting tutelage will develop or build skills whether you are new to Natural Dyeing or a seasoned veteran.
On Sunday, we’ll gather from 10-2, using methods of eco-colour and pounding/contact print processing to print impressions of foraged matter and create interesting and gorgeous finished goods.
A Farm-to-Table lunch is freshly prepared for you in our kitchen and provided both days with casual indoor and outdoor seating, depending on the weather.
Complimenting our Foraging & Flowers Workshop, we are hosting a special, additional workshop on Sunday, from 2 – 5:00:
August 20, from 2-5:00, join in “Petals & Pies.” We’ll arrange botanicals grown sustainably from our neighbors’, “True Love Farm,” in ways that nature suggests for the best results. Karen Trubitt, of True Love Farms, shares her extensive cutting garden and provides our blooms for us. Tammy will teach about the Slow Flower Movement as well as help you with floral arranging and recommendations for the best methods of gathering and conditioning seasonal bouquets. She’ll present techniques and tips on how to work with materials, designing and arranging branches and blooms in a natural, “uncut”-style. Our own cuttings can be mixed with purchased blooms, adding textured materials, combining complimentary colors and working with the vessels you have on hand.
Learn the basics of sustainable cut flowers, and how to start your own cutting garden to have a beautiful alternative to the mainstream flowers grown with pesticides and shipped many miles before ending up in a bouquet near you. Plan for your own Farmer-Florist bouquets, working with the seasons and climate in New England and calling on local professionals. You’re welcome to bring your own container (approximately 6″ tall) or take home a simple vessel, homegrown flowers and home baked pies are provided. We’ll host an outdoor tea-time on our beautiful farm, complete with sweet farm animals and lyrical bird song background music at the conclusion of our lessons.
Contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and register for one or both workshops.
Kelsie Doty is a PhD student at Cornell University in Apparel Design and focuses her work on sustainability and the use of natural dyes in fashion and textile design. Kelsie has spent the last 6 years researching the colorfastness of natural dyes and is currently working on a documentary film about their use by artisans and the fashion industry. Besides research, Kelsie is an avid dyer, handspinner, weaver, knitter, sewer and designer. See her work at: kelsiedoty.com You can follow her on social media on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kelsiedoty/
Tammy White is the farmer/shepherdess/proprietress of Wing & A Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, VT and has a background in floral arranging in various floral shops, managing a busy retail shop, and running her own wedding business and floral design classes. She has been gardening and raising her own cut flowers since she was a young child.