Home Events Dot,Dot,Dot: Hand-drawn Batik & Natural Dyes – G201015

Dot,Dot,Dot: Hand-drawn Batik & Natural Dyes – G201015

Batik is an ancient Indonesian wax-resist technique for imbuing cloth with intricate hand-drawn patterns. Participants will create one-of-a-kind batik designs on cotton using natural plant dyes. Batik is a fun, versatile, and mindful practice to add to your maker’s toolbox and is well-suited for textile artists, quilters, fashionistas, and beginners alike. This workshop will include an introduction to batik history and motifs, materials, and mark making techniques using a traditional tjanting drawing tool. In addition, this workshop will cover natural plant dye-making, mordanting, overdyeing, and dyeing for gradations of color. Participants will produce dynamic designs with hand-drawn lines, dots, and through layering of color. Using a plant-driven palette, we will explore the subtle, everchanging hues of the desert landscape and add color to cloth. We will use a warm range of natural dyes ,  Weld, Osage Orange, Sequoia, Madder, and Logwood , and combine dyes to make a set of color swatches.
Each participant will create hand-dyed batik cotton samples, a one-of-a-kind bandana, and develop a personal batik project. With instructor guidance, the personal batik project will be uniquely designed to support each individual’s own artistic practice and creative goals. By deriving color from plants and inspiration from the high desert, we will deepen our connection with the surrounding area and mother earth. Through meditative making, we will organically draw imagery and patterns from inner and outer landscapes. An optional group hike and open afternoons will offer workshop participants plenty of time for visual reflection and sketching. Ample studio time will be available for participants to practice mark making, to experiment with dyes, and to work on more complex personal projects. At the end of the week, each participant will walk away with the knowledge to set-up their own home batik studio and begin independently working with natural dyes
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

Request More Information




Please use the options below to find helpful information regarding Ghost Ranch Workshops and Retreats

Welcome to autumn at Ghost Ranch - a festival of color and creativity. Whether you choose to paint with brushes or fire or thread or write with a pen or a computer, let the hues of the ranch and the companionship of your colleagues inspire your pages and projects. All workshops meet every morning. Students in writing workshops will have afternoons to reflect, discuss, create and attend various talks. Fine art courses will have studio time. Participants from all workshops are welcome to attend readings and concerts in the evenings. In 2020, our artist in residence will be Cornelius Eady, a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet, who has set his poetry to song, with the Cornelius Eady Trio. Eady’s songs tell the story of passing time, the Black American experience and the blues in the style of Folk and Americana music.

During this Covid-19 Pandemic Period, full refunds will be given as requested for workshops scheduled through May. This period may be extended or refunds considered per request. Please consider leaving your funds on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay. Or, consider donating a portion to help us through this unique business period.

Traditional Policy: Written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term – see below.

Ghost Ranch Scholarship Request


Click here to see a full list of FAQs

What day/time does the workshop start and end?

 Workshops always begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed..

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?
  • Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.


  • Lisa Miles
    Lisa Miles

    Lisa Miles is a papermaker and visual artist who creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition artist books under the imprint Dutchess Press. Her work focuses on plant-based processes – primarily hand-beaten bark papers that are imbued with natural dyes. Originally from New England, Miles considers the high desert of New Mexico to be her home. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book and a BFA in Graphic Design from the New England School of Art & Design. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in public and private collections. In 2017-2018, she represented the United States as a Fulbright arts researcher for her project “Bark Paper, Plant Dyes, and the Book Arts in Indonesia.”


Oct 04 2020 - Oct 10 2020


Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am


$775.00 - $1,540.00
Make New Mexico Museum of Art part of your New Mexico experience
Make O'Keeffe part of your New Mexico experience

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest