This workshop with live watch party is full, but will be re-released as a recorded version after Lambtown Festival. Please add yourself to our mailing list to be notified when that option becomes available.


Dyeing with Lichens with Judith MacKenzie


Workshop Description: Lichens are one of the most ancient life forms on our planet. They have been used as a food, as medicine, as fiber and as a dye source for over ten thousand years. In our time together you will learn about this wonderful life form, learn to identify them, responsibly collect them and use them as dyes. In this class, we’ll learn how to do a hot water bath, an archil bath and how to use them in conjunction with other nature dyes to produce a wide range of colors.


Experience Level: none


Students Will Learn: what a lichen is and how it differs from other dye sources. How to collect them responsibly, and how to prepare two types of dye baths.


Students Should Have: no tools or equipment necessary


Workshop Cost:

Pay What You Can: $25, $34, or $50. It’s been a tough year financially for all of us, and we really wish that we could offer these workshops for free. However, it’s also been a tough year for instructors who make their living by traveling the world to teach. This year’s workshop pricing is a three-tier PWYC, or Pay What You Can. This pricing model allows us to set a modest break-even point and to split the profits with the instructors beyond that. In honor of this being the 34th annual Lambtown Festival, the default price for each workshop is $34. The additional tiers are $50 and $25; we hope that those of you who can afford to pay more will do so, and that offering a lower tier makes Lambtown Festival Workshops more affordable and inclusive in this difficult year. *Please note: We will not disclose which tier any student chooses and all students will be treated equally by Lambtown Festival and our instructors.


Workshop Details:

This workshop will be pre-recorded and students can attend a live watch party with Judith on Saturday, September 26th, starting at 9am Pacific. The workshop video will be available for students to re-watch at their convenience through the end of the year, with the opportunity to watch multiple times as you work through the techniques or simply soak up the expert advice. Students will get a chance to ask the instructor questions during a live watch party the weekend before Lambtown Festival, or by emailing questions to be incorporated into a FAQ sent to all students after the festival ends.

Registered students will receive a link to the watch party and the workshop video closer to the event date, and are asked to respect the instructor's work by not sharing their login credentials to allow friends to access the video.


Instructor Bio:

Judith MacKenzie has been a working craftsperson all her life. She believes that teaching and working go hand in hand. She lives in western Washington, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Dyeing with Lichens