Visual Arts Workshop

Ink, Paint, Print: Making Art Supplies with Natural Indigo
with Iris Sullivan Daire
October 14 and 15 | 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuition $285 | All supplies included
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

Ink, Paint, Print: Making Art Supplies with Natural Indigo

Get inspired to create a personal work of art for the Indigo-themed
Community Show at the Hoffman Gallery in January 2024!

Plant based Indigo pigment is one of the wonders of the world. Though better known for its unequaled role in textiles, it can also be used to create a variety of artist materials. In this workshop we will make ink, paints, crayons, and printing inks with this famed blue. In addition to producing shades of true blue, we will bind indigo’s dark midnight with special clays to create a stable turquoise pigment based on ancient Mesoamerican technology. After crafting our materials, we will practice and play with them to create small works.

Iris Sullivan Daire is an artist and naturalist dyer who uses site specific pigments and dyes to add new layers of meaning to the narrative of her work. She lives with her family next to the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon, growing traditional dye plants and quietly mapping the hidden colors contained within the native and invasive plants of the North Oregon Coast.

Iris holds a BFA in fiber arts from University of Oregon and has been teaching for over 20 years. She relishes using science, metaphor, and story to bring the materials to life while teaching. She is a founder of Indigo Fest, an annual gathering celebrating home grown blues.

View more of Iris Sullivan Daire’s work here

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  •  October 14, 2023
     10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  •  October 15, 2023
     10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ink, Paint, Print: Making Art Supplies with Natural Indigo


594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130, United States


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.