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Weaving Threads: Natural Dyes at the Intersection of Art & Science

student weaving piece using real and simulated flowers

Sirovich Family Student Scholar – Ana Codorean

STEAMplant Faculty Members – Heather Lewis, Gina Gregorio, Cindie Kehlet, Isa Rodrigues & Christopher X J Jensen


Student Scholar Ana Codorean, in collaboration with Pratt faculty members Heather Lewis, Gina Gregorio, Isa Rodrigues, Cindie Kehlet and Christopher Jensen, worked with Brooklyn’s PS270 in “Weaving Threads: Natural Dyes at the Intersection of Art & Science.” Part curricula building, part community art project, this project culminated in the creation of a collaborative woven piece in December 2022 and was on display in the Pratt Textile Dye Garden.

Over the course of five lessons, 4th grade students from PS270 explored natural dyes through the lenses of ecology, botany, chemistry, history, coding, and weaving. Using yarns dyed from plants in our garden, the students drew inspiration from the textile works of indigenous peoples of New York and each wove a portion of a collaborative woven wall hanging which was displayed alongside curricula materials.

weaved piece, resembling stack of books
weaved piece, resembling stack of books
people in gallery room, about 10-20 people, possibly giving a critique
spools of yarn
artwork schematics, presented in two panels
two people handing supplies to each other
a group of students, standing outdoors, two rows, one row kneeling
a group of students, standing outdoors