Start a Natural Color Journey with Madelaine Corbin (Online)

  • Friday, January 22, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • BARN Fiber Arts Virtual Zoom Room
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  • Tuition: Free + $25.00 fee for journal.
  • Tuition: $10.00 + $25.00 journal
  • Tuition: Free + $25.00 fee for journal.

    Registration will close on Monday, January 11th.

Registration is closed

**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

Bloedel Creative Resident Madelaine Corbin invites you to begin your own natural color journey. This 90 minute session will weave information, demonstrations and Q&A time to explore where color comes from, extracting color for dyeing, and where color is going in our changing world. Participants will be sent a Field Guide, which Madelaine has created, to record their own natural color journey. 

Madelaine has done extensive research into environment and color and the effects of climate change on color. She has also worked extensively in extracting natural colors from plants and synthesizing inorganic pigments. Learn more about Madelaine here: 

Madelaine has just completed writing a book about her work, The Stuff of Everyday Magic. It is an adventure through the terrain of her research, practice, and notes supporting over two years of portfolio pieces. This non-linear path traverses an incomplete history of blue to the imminent loss of this color in our greening seas and graying skies in order to offer the idea that the climate crisis is also a crisis of color. Click on the title below to order a copy: The Stuff of Everyday Magic.

Bloedel Reserve is a 150-acre public garden on Bainbridge Island focused on horticulture, stewardship, creativity, and well-being.  Bloedel's Creative Residency program welcomes artists for three-week stays to develop work in their discipline connecting creativity & the environment.  BARN is delighted to partner with Bloedel Reserve to bring you this creative learning opportunity. 


  • Registration for this event will close on January 11th so we can mail the Field Guide to participants in a timely manner. Please verify your mailing address when you register. No refunds will be given for cancelations after the closing date.
  • Tuition is free to BARN and Bloedel Reserve members. There is a $25.00 charge for Madelaine's Field Guide. 
  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorialPlease make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
  • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to each session. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.

Presenter Bio:

Madelaine Corbin is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Detroit, Michigan. Her practice earnestly endeavors to unearth the space between home and land, human and non-human, wild and managed landscapes, and the connection to one another through geographic distance. Her research-based practice moves fluidly between textiles, sculpture, and drawing. Corbin’s work is informed by her participation in the New York Arts Practicum, immersive study in Athens, Greece, and as an artist-in-residence and research assistant in a chemistry lab where she helped to synthesize and characterize a new blue.

Corbin received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber and BFA from Oregon State University. Recent awards include the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award, an Oak Spring Garden Foundation artist residency, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Stuart Thompson Fellowship, Honorable Mention for the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Award in 2020, and finalist status for the Redmond Design Prize.

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