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Pollution Hues: Exploring Water Quality Through Natural Dyes

  • A/D/O 29 Norman Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222 USA (map)

Pollution Hues: Exploring Water Quality Through Natural Dyes

Once prevalent across all cultures, natural dyes were quickly replaced by synthetic dyes after their discovery in the nineteenth century. Besides being powerful color sources, plants can also reveal different properties of the water used.

High in tannins and readily available, avocado seeds are some of the most reliable colorants from nature. They yield a variety of (mostly pink) hues, depending on the quality of the water it is paired with.

During this workshop, participants will experiment with a variety of water samples from around the world to explore how different characteristics, like alkalinity and mineral content, affect the hues obtained from avocado seeds. Each participant will receive fabric samples to experiment with and a zine with information about natural dyes and water quality. They will also be able to save the fabric samples they will dye during the workshop with their respective notes.

Through this alternative way to explore water quality, participants will engage in different conversations regarding pollution and how seemingly innocuous substances can have harmful effects when present in high concentrations.

Pollution Hues, an accompanying workshop, will be held at A/D/O on 8/29/18 to experiment with color extraction using avocado seeds and a variety of water samples from around the world.

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