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Solar: A Harvest Dye Study


  • Parliament the Boutique 120 Division Avenue South Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 United States (map)

An experiment of time...
a study of nature...
a harvest of color + sun.

Parliament the Boutique is proud to be the hosts for "Solar: A Harvest Dye Study" for ArtPrize 7! 

Parliament founders Elyse Welcher and Megan Roach are the fiber-queens behind "Solar" and will be bringing the naturally dyed harvest home to Parliament with this time-based installation. Utilizing 9 different Michigan harvested dyes, this installation involves solar-dyeing, an ancient technique of dyeing that uses the suns rays to heat the dye material and fibers. During the course of the event, gallon jars of these dyes will be brewing in the window; samples of dyed fiber will be pulled from each jar, dried, and then woven into an on-site loom, thusly showing the gradient of developing color throughout the course of the 18 day event!

Alongside this experimental installation of colorful-capture, Parliament is also proud to be hosting and supporting a series of programming that includes: weaving + dyeing demonstrations, two fibers socials, two weaving workshops, and one big 'ole Harvest Pancake Breakfast on the last day of ArtPrize to celebrate our colorful ArtPrize journey. 

We will also be opened for expanded hours throughout the course of ArtPrize- if ArtPrize hours are open, we're open! Our events are as follows!

Wed. 9/23: Opening Day, 11am-8pm
Weaving of the First Stripes, 6pm
Sat. 9/26: Weaving Demos throughout day, 11am-8pm
Sun. 9/27: Natural Dyeing Demos, Noon-6pm
Mon. 9/28: Division Fibers Social Reunion Round 1, 5pm-9pm
Thur. 10/1: Weaving Workshop 1 with Elyse + Megan, 6pm-9pm
Fri. 10/2: First Friday Halloween Pop-Up Shop, 5pm-9pm
Sat. 10/3: Weaving Demos throughout day, 11am-8pm
Sun. 10/4: Natural Dyeing Demos, Noon-6pm
Mon. 10/5: Division Fibers Social Reunion Round 2, 5pm-9pm
Thur. 10/8: Weaving Workshop 2 with Elyse + Megan, 6pm-9pm
Sat. 10/10: Weaving Demos throughout day, 11am-8pm
Sunday, 10/11: Final Day, 11am-6pm
Harvest Celebration Pancake Breakfast, 11am-1pm
Revealing of the Colors, Noon!

Please keep an eye on this event for links to sign-up for workshops and more details as we move into this Harvest ArtPrize season!

Earlier Event: September 19
Renegade Craft Fair Chicago