Wild Dyes & Earth Medicine

Mattie Morton

Description
Students will learn about collection and cultivation, ethical wild-harvesting practices, and the creation of natural biodegradable mycological dyes and mordants. Together we will explore the principles of natural dyeing and the use of these dyes on both protein and cellulosic fibers. Students will take home a mushroom dyed scarf.  This class also includes discussion of the broad ecological impact of the textile industry and the role that fungi can play in improving it.

About the Teacher
Mattie holds a BFA in Fine Art and has been trained in botanical medicine through the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, The Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, Hill Botanical, and the Anima’ Botanical and Animal Sanctuary.  

She has studied natural dying through the works of India Flint and Jenny Dean, and practices natural dyeing in the creation of her botanically dyed clothing line Juniperous. She has studied aspects of permaculture under Sepp Holzer, and participated in the creation and operation of various farms, permaculture projects, non-profit organizations and sanctuaries.  

Mattie lived at the Anima Botanical and Animal Sanctuary, in New Mexico, which is where her real education of listening to the plants, animals, elements, and spirits began. It is through heart conscious communication with the planet that she has come to weave, art, medicine, ecological protection, and activism together.