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Botanical Night

@ Handwork Ithaca's Artisan Cooperative
​Friday July 1st, 102 W.State St, 5 - 8pm
(Part of First Friday Gallery Night)
From plant to print come see the genius behind Planetarium Designs’ inspiring botanical textiles. Witness the screen printing process in action and learn dry pressing techniques for wild flowers. Local artist Sarah Gotowka will also be demonstrating how she creates one-of-a-kind dry-pressed floral arrangements. These hand pressed flowers are grown in her own gardens, friend’s gardens, or are donated by local florists. Lyrics from popular songs are often used in Sarah’s unique and ephemeral pieces.


@ The Craftstitute
July 20th/ 6:30-9:30 PM/ $40

Celebrate the summer by creating a one-of-a-kind ecoprinted silk gauze scarf, a beautiful lightweight accessory for warm weather! Join me for this fun evening of creative plant-based printmaking.

Ecoprinting is a process that takes advantage of the naturally occuring colors in plants. We'll collect local sources of color, from tree leaves to meadow blossoms. We will then arrange the materials on silk chiffon to create unique patterns and designs. The resulting textile is a beautiful reminder of the early summer in Ithaca. 

Natural Dye Workshop: Resist Techniques with Organic Indigo

A Two Part Workshop Series:
@ EAC Montessori School, 120 East King Rd

Thursday July 7, 6 - 9pm
Thursday July 14, 6 - 9pm

Learn how to create one-of-a-kind cloth using natural dyes and various resist techniques! During our first day we will tour EAC's natural dye garden and become familiar with basic natural dye plants and processes. We each will create 3 unique silk handkerchiefs using a Japanese technique called Shibori. The second day will be dedicated to learning wax resist, commonly called Batik. We will be able to dye our previously dyed handkerchiefs, as well as a large cotton bandana in an organic indigo vat to create unique hand-drawn and layered designs!

 $75 Two Day Workshop/$45 Single Day Workshop

 *All materials included!!!!*

 For inquiries and registration:

Mother's Day Brunch & Artist Market @ The Finger Lakes Cider House

May 8th, 12 - 3pm

Shop, Sip* and Chat and Enjoy the farm with your mama!

*Free Tastings for Mothers!

Pop Up Shop Featuring Art of Beauty and Utlity from Hannah Graeper, Silene DeCiucies, Audrey Bialke, and Sarah Gotowka

Music from Anna and Her Mini Harp

Dye Plant Lecture & Sale @ The Craftstitute

MAY 19th, 7 - 9pm, $15

Learn how to grow color in your backyard for all your textile projects!

Local textile artist Sarah Gotowka will give a talk on her experiences growing dye plants during the past 7 years, sharing what she has learned about successfully growing color in the CNY and Montreal areas. She will also instruct on how to achieve a wide range of colors from a single plant when you've harvested your crop.

After her talk at 7 PM, Sarah will  offer seeds and seedlings for sale! These are not included in the price of the class. 

Plants include (but are not limited to): Japanese Indigo (blue), Hopi - Dye Sunflower (purple, pink, green), Madder (red), Dyer’s Coreopsis (orange, brown), St.John’s Wort (gold, orange, green), Diablo & Yellow Cosmos (orange, yellow, brown), Marigold (yellow).

Upcoming Workshop at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

Saturday, April 16, 1-2:30pm
Ages 12 and up

Students will be introduced to the idea of growing their own dye plants, and will then be able to dye several handkerchiefs to take home, using pots of homegrown dye. Concepts and techniques will be introduced that can be further explored in later, more advanced classes. Materials provided.
Fee: $30


PLEASE register in advance, at least one week ahead—to allow teachers to plan properly and so we can determine minimum numbers! Call 387-5939 or e-mail <>. Make checks payable to TCFA and mail to TCFA, PO Box 1053, Trumansburg, NY 14886. Questions? <>

Upcoming Cloth Pounding Workshop at The Johnson Museum of Art

Bring your family and smash some flowers!

I will teach you how to easily create one-of-a-kind cloth prints using flowers and plants inspired by Dutch masters. Bring a washed T-shirt and create your own work of art! All ages are welcome, recommended for preschool and up.

FEES: Free for Johnson Museum Members / $5 per family for nonmembers. Space is limited.