As you probably already know I’m a high school senior and the May 1st deadline for colleges is coming fast. I decided to visit my top choice schools and Oberlin College is one of them.
When I was walking around the science center I ran into a giant yarn dyeing exhibition/display! Betsy Bruce put on the display of all the naturally dyed yarn. The display definitely inspired me to explore and possibly create my own knitted items with the yarn I dyed.
These are a few pictures of the exhibit up-close. The yarns are dyed from a range of resources and materials.
It’s interesting to think about how something as small as yarn and dyeing clothes can be a part of the larger conversation of environmental sustainability. I talked before how chemical dyes are quite dangerous for the workers manufacturing it and still can pose as a problem on clothes being worn by humans every day. Something else I learned about the dyes on clothes, which I definitely agree with, is that synthetic/chemical dyes tend to be mono-color and flat. What I mean is that there are no hues and will be that color under every circumstance. I’ll post a video a little bit later of someone who discovered natural dyes.