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CPL CRAFTS: Grocery Store Natural Dyeing with Stephen Hamilton

By Cambridge Public Library

Free event at the Cambridge Public Library.

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.: 6:30pm – 8pm.

Ages 18 and Adult and Senior Adult.


Main Library Q&A Desk
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  • Only virtual (online or over the phone).

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Natural dyeing is a rewarding way to engage with textiles and traditions. There are numerous natural dyes to explore right in your local grocery store. Local artist and educator Stephen Hamilton's work incorporates both Western and African techniques. Hamilton will teach you how to naturally dye at home, demonstrating how to transform your textiles using interesting and accessible natural dye sources!

Stephen Hamilton is an artist and arts educator living and working in Boston Massachusetts. Stephen's work incorporates both Western and African techniques, blending figurative painting and drawing with resist dyeing, weaving, and woodcarving. Each image is a marriage between the aesthetic perspectives and artistry of both traditions. As a Black American trained in traditional west African artforms, he treats the acts of weaving, dyeing, and woodcarving as ritualized acts of reclamation. He uses traditional techniques and materials native to West Africa to reclaim ancestral knowledge dissociated from Africans in the Americas, during the transatlantic slave trade. The work explores and heavily references the Black body in pre-colonial African art history, creating visual connections between the past and the present. This forms a body of work, which serves as a conceptual and visual bridge between the ancient and modern worlds. Through this, he explores elements of black identity through time and space on its own terms.