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Botanical Origins: Natural Dyes with Next of Kin Studio

October 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for a presentation and pop-up shop featuring the creative natural dye projects of Allison Alford. Allison is a Los Angeles based artist and teacher who explores connections between art and the natural world. Her practice involves a passion for plants and the relationship she can form with them through her work. Natural dyeing is an ancient art form that has allowed Allison to relate with plants in a way that is intimate, generative and experimental. She is also the co-founder of Next of Kin Studio, a business that celebrates nature through a creative exploration of materials, process and relationships.

Allison will share about her work with natural dyes and plants and touch briefly on the history of this age old art form. There will be a small pop-up shop of a selection of her Next of Kin Studio naturally dyed pieces, some made especially for this event.

Allison received her Masters of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. She co-founded Next of Kin Studio, teaches Natural Dyeing at Armory Center for the Arts and has selected experiences and exhibitions including, Landscape, Monte Vista Projects, Fig Tree and Good Medicine, Summercamp ProjectProject, Foraging & Natural Dye Workshop, Malibu Orchards, Hive Mind & Words I Know, Coachella Valley Arts Center, Memories I Don’t Have, hidden at the Downtown Los Angeles Public Library.

This event is free, but space is limited–please RSVP. The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is free and open to the public 9am-5pm on weekends–come explore before or after this event!

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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