July at Tinctorium Studio
Welcome to July! Summer is in full swing and the flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and the sun is shining. The first half of the year I was focused on establishing a dye garden. It was tough work and I was in way over my head, but now it's time to get back to things I meant to do at the beginning of the year. One of those things was writing a monthly newsletter to let everyone know what is going on at Tinctorium Studio.
So first things first, Wear Tinctoria has turned into Tinctorium Studio! I started this project mid-pandemic with no clue what I was doing or where I wanted to go. I have no business or management experience, I just knew I want to dye things with plant colors. After a year of working as a natural dyer, I've learned so much and felt ready to officially launch my natural dye studio. Make sure to follow Tinctorium Studio on Instagram if you haven't already.
To kick things off, I had an amazing event with +351, a locally produced. sustainable Portuguese brand. We came together for an indigo workshop where influences dyed +351 shirts from previous seasons. These t's will be available on their online store soon and profits will be donated to Ocean Alive. It was such a success that we'll be hosting another indigo workshop - keep your eyes out for registration.
Tinctorium Studio is all about collaborating with other amazing people and projects to spread the word about natural dyes. But #WearTinctoria will stay the in-house brand where I'll continue to offer one-of-a-kind naturally dyed pieces.
Besides that, the big news is that Tinctorium Studio has a dye garden! It's been a challenge to get things started (between logistics, politics, and egos), but the plants are growing happily and I'm ecstatic to be growing about 30 different dye plants. I'll be sharing more about this experience in an upcoming blog post. We generally meet on Monday and Thursday afternoons - please reach out if you'd like to join!
New in the Shop
#WearTinctoria has a new drop of second-hand pieces for your summer wardrobe. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and has been lovingly scoured, mordanted, dyed, and mended. Just a few more garments diverted from the trash!
Upcoming Workshops & Events
11/7 Natural Paintmaking@EcoLife Experience
17/7 Pintar com plantas em tecido e papel @ZeroWasteLab
25/7 Upcycle your closet@ArrozStudios
28/7 Indigo Workshop @+351
New Journal Entries
Natural Dyes as Medicinal Color
6 Reasons to Take a Natural Dye Workshop