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Zoom The Business of Natural Dyes Online Course - 3 Sessions

The Business of Natural Dyes Online Course - 3 Sessions


Join Cara for a three part series around how to start your own creative business. 

Each Class is 3 hours long. You will have a pdf and resource packet that comes with an invoice template. If you can't make those dates, no worries, the class recording will be available after the class. 

Class dates:

Part One : Sunday, February 20th  2pm EST . 3 hours.

Part Two : Sunday, March 6th. 2pm EST . 3 hours.

Consultation : Scheduled once purchased.

Part One: Setting up your vision and finances.

- Branding.

- Identifying your place in the market. How to differentiate yourself and identify your client base. 

- How to use marketing & social platforms to grow your audience and connect to your customers.

- Creating your narrative around your business. 

- How to Invoice your clients.

- How to set your prices.


Part Two: How to make your work professional.

- How to set up a Natural dye studio ( or creative space ) in the space that you have.

- What it means to holistically scale your business : Circular Economy vs. Vertically Integrating. 

- How to holistically source natural dyes and respect the cultures you are working with. 

- How to properly prepare your goods for selling.

- Case studies of artists , and brands that uniquely present in the market place.

- How to work with stores.

- Wholesale vs. DTC 


Consultation : One hour with Cara to discuss your process, go over a project, work on a specific area you need assistance with.

Each class is sold separately as is the consultation. There is a discount if all three are purchased together. 

We are also offering scholarships. If the cost is prohibitive please reach out to us and let us know with a cover letter why this workshop would be beneficial to you. This scholarship seeks to widen the representation of students from diverse backgrounds to experience learning from master artists, so we invite BIPOC and LGBTQIA artists to apply. We will award the scholarships in early February.


Zoom Back to Black - Class Recording
Zoom Back to Black - Class Recording

Back to Black - Class Recording



Have you been interested in learning how to make charcoals , deep blacks and experiment with tannins?

In this class we will divulge how to create a series of blacks on both cellulose and protein fibers. No previous natural dye knowledge necessary, we will cover how to mordant, scour and prep your fibers along with working with tannins you can forage. 

Watch from the comfort of your house in the cold, and play along a later date. If you can't make the class, it will be recorded and available for 30 days post.

Kit Includes:

The perfect dye kit to experiment with creating blacks , charcoals and grays naturally and has everything used in the Back to Black workshop.


The kit includes :

- One organic cotton napkin 18' x 18'.

- 100g of foraged acorns.

- 50g of crushed oak gall.

- 50g of ferrous sulphate. 

- Resource and Instruction pamphlet. 

All packaging is biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable.

The kit contains enough dye to dye one cotton tee shirt and the napkin provided a medium charcoal gray / black, and silk a deep shade of charcoal / black. 

Please take care when using ferrous sulphate around pets and children. The Back to Blacks class will also cover how to make your own iron water with rusted objects. If you would like us to remove the ferrous sulphate from your kit, please email us at info@caramariepiazza.com.

*** Please contact us if the email you purchased the class with is not the email you would like your files sent to. 


Want the kit by itself? Try our Back to Black dye kit.