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Natural Dyes: Avocado Pits

with Nora Rickey

February 3rd, 2022

$34 More Info

Thursday, February 3, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sliding Scale Price Structure: 
Supporting: $45  Standard: $34  Sustained: $23

These prices include a $10 materials fee. 

Give your food waste a new life! 

Did you know that many foods and plants found in our kitchens and gardens can be transformed into dye? This class will focus on using avocado skins and pits to create a beautiful millennial pink dye. 

You'll learn about which fabrics and yarns are best, how to prepare the fabric and the dyestuffs, and altering your dye color with household materials! 

Please bring cotton fabric you'd like to dye and your evening beverage of choice. 

The Ely Folk School is excited to announce a sliding scale pricing structure for select classes in 2022! We recognize that not all our class prices are accessible for our whole community, and this system allows folks to choose how much they pay for a class. Using a sliding scale helps us work toward our belief in economic justice and accessibility of folk education. 

Currently, classes are chosen for the sliding scale by instructor choice. Instructors, if you would like to learn more or volunteer your class, please contact us!

About the Instructor, Nora Rickey: I am a self taught visual artist and educator living in Minnesota. Raised in an artistic household and trained in NYC, I came into my visual arts practice when I moved back to the sweet Midwest.  Here, I began exploring and teaching myself different fiber arts skills and incorporating them into my work. Whether a hidden secret or on full display, I love to create pieces that transform the wearer into art.

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Snow Snakes Demonstration

with Rick Anderson

February 4th, 2022

Free More Info

Friday, February 4, 2022
Drop in between 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Freewill donation welcome

Come check out the classic indigenous game of Snow Snakes! EFS Board Member and Bois Forte Enrollee Rick Anderson will walk you through the strategy and technique behind the game. You can also learn about how to forage, carve, and decorate your own snow snake. 

Come to Whiteside anytime between 3 and 4:30 and Rick will show you how it's done! 

About the Instructor: Rick Anderson is a Life-long Ely resident and member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. My wife Polly and I share the joy of four daughters and their families. Love the land and water and all the life it supports. Avid hunter, fisher, and gatherer of the gifts of the Creator. As comfortable in the company of people as in the solitude of nature. Heaven on earth is time spent on Burntside Lake and cruising the Echo Trail. Miigwech