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April 26, 2013

Sewing Seeds at the Textile Arts Center

By Erin Schumaker | Fashion, Events

A Night of Color
Photo courtesy of Textile Arts Center

New York’s Textile Arts Center, which has supported the city’s fiber artists and designers since 2009, is throwing a benefit called a “Night of Color” on April 26 at the center’s Greenwich Village location. The event is designed to bolster awareness about the use of natural dyes while also raising raise money for “Sewing Seeds,” an educational initiative run by volunteers that holds free classes, workshops and readings and sponsors an artist in residence and a natural-dye community garden.

“Natural dye is important in the same way that eating organic or locally-produced food is important,” says studio manager Isa Rodrigues. “Synthetic dye is pretty toxic to the environment, to the user, and to the artist.” In keeping with this ethos, tonight’s event will feature displays curated by Frank Traynor, naturally dyed cocktails, and an interactive performance by Study NY x Cat Lauigan of Cave Collective, in which a limited-edition line of garments and accessories will be naturally dyed in real time and available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the project’s summer programming, which is always free and open to the public. Tickets, $20; 26 West 8 St.; 646-225-6554; textileartscenter.com.

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