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Coleman Center for Creative Studies
26 Liberty Street, Newport, RI 02840
Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM

By Phone
(401) 848-ARTS (2787)





Dyeing to Wear It | Rhonda Fazio of Dyer Maker Studio
Saturday, February 10 | 1 - 4 pm (1 session)
Members: $75 | Non-members: $100 | Materials fee: $35

Create your own wearable art: as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Silk: This workshop will focus on the design and function of the classic silk scarf.
2. Hands: Each design will be its own unique and beautiful piece of wearable art made
entirely by you.
3. Colors: Each color is hand crafted from natural, raw materials and extracted without the
use of harmful chemicals. All materials included.


Dyeing to Wear It: Indigo Blue Snowflakes | Rhonda Fazio of Dyer Maker Studio
Saturday, February 17 | 1 - 4 pm (1 session)
Members: $75 | Non-members: $100 | Materials fee: $35

Participants will create their own wearable art using the beautiful blue dye of the Indigo plant. Participants will design a silk scarf using their own hands and design techniques from the ancient world. There will be a discussion on how these resources and materials have influenced American Culture. Participants walk away with their own wearable art that looks like pretty blue snowflakes! All materials included.


Dyeing to Wear It: A Lovely Shade of Red | Rhonda Fazio of Dyer Maker Studio
Saturday, February 24 | 1 - 4 pm (1 session)
Members: $75 | Non-members: $100 | Materials fee: $35

In this hands-on workshop, design your own wearable art using an insect that yields the perfect natural red: Cochineal! Learn about the lore and lusciousness of the color red throughout the history of art. Each participant will receive one silk scarf to design and dye whatever shade you like. C’mon, you know you’re “Dyeing to Wear It” because everyone deserves to wear a lovely shade of red!


Thursday, April 11 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Members: $155 | Non members: $180 | Materials fee: $35

Kokedama is a ball of soil covered with moss on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan where Kokedama are very popular. Kokedama is a style of Japanese bonsai, where a plant’s root system is simply wrapped in moss and bound with string, transforming it into a sculptural art form. Loosely translated, ‘koke’ means moss and ‘dama’ means ball. The original Japanese form of kokedama had miniature sculptured bonsai trees displayed on handmade pottery or pieces of driftwood. Internationally renowned artist Young Choe will present pictures of Kokedama pots throughout the world, especially Japan and European styles. She will do a demo of Kokedama.

About Young Choe: Artist Young Choe studied traditional art-ink painting and calligraphy-in her native Korea before she moved to the United States. She obtained her BS in Horticulture from the University of Maryland. While volunteering at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, she was able to bring her artistic talent together with her knowledge of horticulture to create Kusamono. She traveled to Japan to study this unique art form with the master Kusamono artist, Keiko Yamane, a former student

of Saburo Kato. In the world outside the Museum, she worked with native plants at the USDA, NRCS, National Plant Materials Center in Beltsville, Maryland. Also, she was a propagation horticulturist at the US National Arboretum. Choe currently works at the US National Arboretum.