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Artist Demonstration: Natural Dyes

  • Time

    January 18 @ 11:00 am – January 18 @ 12:00 pm
  • Location

    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    3815 American Blvd East
    Bloomington, MN 55425 United States
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    Artist Talk Special Event

Join artist Emily Donovan for a demonstration about natural dyes and materials to make color, and a short discussion about what she’s learned as a bird watching novice alongside her exhibition, “Migration and Motion.”

The natural dye demonstration will include examples of locally-foraged materials, including oak gall and black walnuts. Emily will also discuss ways to manipulate color with additives or mordants, like iron and alum. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about ways to make color naturally, how plants and birds create a healthy ecosystem, and discuss ways to create environmentally conscious art as a way to give back to and celebrate the environment.

Emily Donovan is a multi-media artist who creates color in her work from natural pigments found in plant and animal materials. A Minnesota native, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with BA’s in both Visual Art and Art History. Emily is a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant in 2014 and 2019 and most recently completed her first artist residency in Cusco, Peru. Emily regularly volunteers in schools, teaching her natural dye process and her award winning work is shown nationally, in galleries and art centers.

Photo of Donovan’s Trumpeter Swan painting, 2019



Saturday, January 18
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington MN 55425

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