Sewing Seeds: A Dye Plant CSA by Textile Arts Center

Textile Arts Center’s Sewing Seeds project is currently preparing a new initiative – a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) fully dedicated to natural dyes! Starting this summer in Brooklyn, an abandoned lot on the corner of Bergen and 4th Street will be transformed as part of the 596 Acres project. The Sewing Seeds CSA garden will run as a 6 month season between June and November 2012, providing members with plants to be used as natural dyes, as well as recipes and workshops utilizing them.

The Sewing Seeds CSA will create a new green space in the Gowanus community, as well as interact with Textile Arts Center education programs. Building on our experience growing The Living Library, we will focus on an expanded selection of annual dye plants yielding a variety of pigments. Sewing Seeds will provide information on the plants, dye extraction, and dye technique, serving as a backdrop for free workshops and lectures for the community.

To help Textile Arts Center fulfill their goals, donate via their Kickstarter campaign here!

The funds raised through Kickstarter will cover the initial work and materials to convert this land into the new Sewing Seeds garden. Soil, raised beds, irrigation system, etc. will  make this unused land an enjoyable and educational space for all of us in the community. And the only way to make this project possible is to raise enough money to cover the initial expenses.

Check out more about Textile Arts Center and Sewing Seeds here!

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About Jeff Kasper

Jeff Kasper is an artist, designer, and writer based in Brooklyn. He is studies urban history, theory, and politics at The City University of New York, where he is also a City College Fellow. His research focuses on American urbanism and the relationships between art, activism, urban planning, and democracy.