$75 – $150

Dyeing and Painting with Nature: The Chemistry of Cochineal

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132 32nd Street

Suite 108

Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Since antiquity, humans have extracted colors from nature to dye textiles, mark our bodies, and paint masterpieces. What are these colors made of and how do you make them? Join Genspace for a hands-on exploration of natural colorants where we will focus on the tiny but powerfully-colorful cochineal bugs.

We will dive into the fascinating history of cochineal use--from the red royal fringe of the Inca Empire to its industrial manufacture today. We will look at the science behind transforming organic matter into usable color, learning about the relationship between dyes and pigments, and how you can make them in the lab or at home in your kitchen. Following 500-year-old recipes and using modern chemistry, we will dye textiles and make pigments with bugs, and each participant will walk away with a tube of lab-made paint!

During the workshop, you will:

    • Dye textiles with cochineal

    • Make cochineal pigment

    • Paint out the cochineal pigment with different binding media

Naomi Rosenkranz is the Project Manager for the Making and Knowing Project, a research cluster at Columbia University that studies historical artisanal, craft, and technical processes through laboratory reconstructions of historical recipes. Naomi studied physics at Barnard College and served as the Science Resident in Conservation with the Ancient Ink Lab, identifying and characterizing ancient carbon-based inks. She continued her investigation of colorants at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working with the departments of Scientific Research and Paper Conservation to examine medieval iron-tannate black inks and dyes through recipe reconstructions and spectral analysis of museum objects. Naomi also has experience in scenic construction and arts education, and is an avid dyer and knitter.

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