The Department of Art celebrated the opening of its Natural Dye Garden on May 16.
The garden is a collaboration between the Sculpture and Printmaking Programs and provides a space for growing and learning about plants that can be used to make natural dyes. The garden supports our sustainable curriculum in the Printmaking and Sculpture Programs. Associate Professor Emily Puthoff and her environmental art students and engaged in design thinking and community engagement processes with Associate Professor Jill Parisi-Phillips to imagine and make creative improvements to the Natural Dye Garden. They utilized permaculture and eco-materialist design principles in the designs to facilitate joy, community, curiosity, creativity, and discovery. The campus community is welcome to enjoy the garden anytime.
Student Artists: Rachel Gee, Joli Perfit, Patrick Kern, Mariah Day, Eve Fagan, Wesley Francis, Catherine Abel, Dylan Jacobs, Jacob Van Eekhout, and Alyssa Dudinyak. Special thanks to the faculty leading and supporting the Natural Dye Garden initiative: Emily Puthoff, Jill Parisi-Phillips, Kelly McGrath, and Maggie Oakes.