Backyard Farm Indigo & Shibori

Portland, Oregon, United States

Experience hosted by Carolyn

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Great for groups
Celebrations, work gatherings, and more.

What you'll do

Welcome to my backyard farm and studio! We'll be making tote bags and bandana scarves using a traditional indigo dye bath. You will learn shibori techniques in order to create patterns on your naturally dyed indigo pieces. I'll walk you through the process of how indigo works, its history, as well as various applications as a dye, and you will leave with some one of a kind items made by you!

You will get to make both a scarf and a tote bag to take home with you. We'll start by sipping some tea and talking about your options in terms of methodologies and techniques and then I will assist as you create your own items. You'll also get to feed treats to my three goats Fiona, Ferdinand, and Felicity (and babies come springtime). They love attention and head scratches!

If you are not seeing the day / time you are looking for please feel free to message me to inquire about adding a slot for you.
Other things to note
You will need to get yourself to / from my studio.
Welcome to my backyard farm and studio! We'll be making tote bags and bandana scarves using a traditional indigo dye bath. You will learn shibori techniques in order to create patterns on your naturally dyed indigo pieces. I'll walk you through the process of how indigo works, its history, as well as various applications as a dye, and you will leave with some one of a kind items made by you!

You will get to make both a scarf and a tot…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Tea and coffee
  • Equipment
    Please wear clothes you don't mind spilling dye on, as well comfortable sho...

Meet your Host, Carolyn

Host on Airbnb since 2013
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I hold an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and my work has been shown internationally. I focus on the intersection of art and craft, my primary mediums are fibers, glass, and clay. I also co-founded a local co-op gallery which recently opened called Carnation Contemporary (www.carnationcontemporary.com), and have a dynamic studio practice of my own: www.carolynhopkins.com
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Where you'll be

This workshop is located in my personal studio on my backyard farm at the edge of Portland and the Columbia river gorge. This half acre not-so-urban farm features goats and old growth firs. My studio is an active space where I make sculptures and dyed items. Often you will get to see some of my work in progress. Come join me at my special little homestead!

Rated 4.86 out of 5 from 154 reviews.

Kiki
September 2019
Carolyn is a very good teacher, she explained and demonstrated each step clearly and made sure we understood what to do. We were a group of four and everyone had an opportunity to make two pieces that we got to take home. Spent a fun afternoon on her deck learning the basics of Shibori. *An added bonus was petting and feeding her goats. I highly recommend this experience. Thanks again Carolyn!
Daniella
September 2019
This was such a great experience! Carolyn was very knowledgeable on Shibori and other forms of dye. It was a wonderful hands on experience and allows you to get as creative as you'd like. Carolyn allowed us to feed and pet her goats throughout and they were so cute and friendly. We left with a beautiful scarf and tote creation of our own and I now have a basic enough knowledge to try my hand at this on my own. Thank you, Carolyn!
Marilou
June 2019
Great experience doing shibori with Carolyn! I really enjoyed this and learned a lot because Carolyn created a very simple process that flowed really well.
Zuleika
April 2019
Carolyn was very hospitable. Made me some warm tea before we got started on the different techniques for shibori indigo art. Super happy with how my indigo scarf and tote bag designs came out! I also enjoyed meeting and feeding her lovely goats! Worth the experience. :)
Joanna
January 2019
I had so much fun with Carolyn and the group and I loved the pieces I got to make :) Carolyn was friendly and was super helpful on helping decide what to make and achieving the look you wanted. I love learning about how she makes the dye and her process. But of course the goats stole the show! I loved meeting and feeding Ferdinand and Felicity (great names)! They were so cute and friendly I probably could have stayed they whole 3 hours with them haha
Kate
December 2018
Carolyn is a very interesting artist and fun to talk to. I enjoyed learning about indigo dye techniques. Very relaxed afternoon. Her goats are cute!

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 15 and up can attend, up to 4 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes for standing in
Clothing that you don't mind getting dye on (unlikely, but could happen)

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.