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.