Summer Workshops

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Past workshop:

Indigo Dye Workshop with Arts Whistler – Art on the Lake

At this indigo dye workshop, students will be introduced to natural indigo dye including how to set up a natural dye vat and prepare fabric for the process of dyeing. Working with different folding, clamping, and tying techniques, students will create unique patterns various pieces of 100% cotton. Students will be given a large summer scarf, a piece of yardage that can be used as a simple beach throw or sewn into anything they’d like, as well as their choice of a cotton tote bag or throw pillow cover. On top of this students should bring an item of their own that they would like to dye.

Students get to feel the excitement of removing and unfolding their work to see the patterns they’ve created. Leaving the program students will have several pieces of finished indigo textiles, the confidence to set up a basic dye vat, and the skills to create their own projects.

No artistic skill required, all ability levels can enjoy this workshop as long as they’re happy getting a little messy.



DATE: 2-day workshop: June 16 & 17
Alta Lake Station House (4 km south of Whistler Village)



Students are to bring:

  • long rubber dish-washing gloves
  • apron or work clothes
  • Bring something to dye! Students may bring one other piece to dye. Only natural fibers will accept the dye (cotton, linen, hemp, or silk) Suitable size pieces are: pillowcase, t-shirt, napkin, apron, or similar.


Kim Maitland has been practicing art her whole life, a graphic designer by trade, she has been working with and selling naturally dyed indigo products under the name Salt & Snow. Through much trial and error and personal research, she has developed a system to make dyeing indigo a fun and rewarding afternoon for participants. Suitable for all ability levels, this is a fun introductory project for perfectionists and messy artists alike. What you make is entirely up to you. The items made in this workshop are perfect for warm summer weather and lunch break at the beach.