Natural Dyes (2024) is a series of multimedia illustrations featuring natural dye materials and the range of colors they can produce on fabric. They were created for Rhode Island School of Design‘s Nature Lab as a part of my biomaterials graduate research assistantship.

These illustrations accompany natural dye, pigment, and ink recipes created and tested by RISD Nature Lab students and staff. These recipes can currently be found online while I develop the in-person collection!

The natural dye materials featured here include: coffee, turmeric, yellow onion, manjistha, beet, avocado, pomegranate, black walnut, and red cabbage.

I made Natural Dyes with digital illustration and scanned images of the dyed textiles.