Art After Work: Community Dye Pot with Craft Nite

Thursday, June 20, 2024
5-7 p.m.
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Art After Work: Community Dye Pot with Craft Nite

Join Intuit on the Comfort Station lawn for a Community Dye Pot and afternoon of mending with Craft Nite! Register here.

Photo courtesy of Craft Nite

Materials Provided:

  • natural + synthetic dyes
  • gloves, masks + aprons
  • extra fabric options for dying

To Bring:

  • fabric or small pieces of clothing to dye (no large garments)
  • craft projects or clothes to mend while waiting
  • something comfortable and not precious to wear
Photo courtesy of Craft Nite

Workshop Description

The workshop will provide participants a variety of dyes – natural and synthetic – to color pieces of personal clothing and fabric. Craft Nite’s community dye pots are sweet opportunities to engage with new creative community and leave with a tangible, colorful memory to wear or work into your next project. In addition to fabric or small pieces of clothing to dye (no large garments), participants should bring craft projects or clothes to mend while waiting for things to dye + dry.

Wear something comfortable and not precious – dyes will stain clothes ! Keep in mind, the dye process requires at least an hour of time, maybe more if you want your fabric to dry before you go home. Please plan to arrive at least an hour before the end of the event if you wish to participate in the dye pot.

Meet the Facilitators

Emrys Brandt (he/they) is a trans-disciplinary artist and researcher. An avid reader and wikipedia editor, holds deep love in learning and sharing knowledge. Emrys loves reading sci fi, watching clouds, and witnessing joy within their queer community.

Stevie Emrich (they/them) is a fiber artist, spinster, and quilt maker. As an organizer, Stevie is interested in the way community craft organizing can bridge gaps in history and lineage, and teach us about collective power. Stevie works professionally as a seamstress, and in their free time is an enjoyer of a good bike ride.

About Craft Nite

CRAFT NITE is a queer exhibition and event space run out of a two-car garage in Chicago, IL, on the original land of the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa peoples. Expanding on a history of queer and feminist craft circles, CRAFT NITE aims to be a conduit for support and connection for up-and-coming artists and craftspeople. The space is grounded in monthly community craft nights and supplemented with open, collaborative programming such as art exhibitions, pop-ups, performances, skill shares, and artist talks.

Access Note

Participants should be aware that working with natural and synthetic dyes requires handling varying levels of toxic chemicals, hot liquids and propane burners. While dye pots will be prepared by Craft Nite organizers, gloves and masks will be available for use while handling dye stuff.

This workshop will take place outside. There is an accessible restroom inside Comfort Station.

Masks are encouraged but not required for this outdoor event.

About Comfort Station

Comfort Station activates a historic building with public, community-driven programs that foster vibrant connections at the intersection of art and life. Since 2011, we have operated out of a 1920s city-owned building that was once intended to be a space for travelers to stay warm while waiting for public transportation. That legacy fuels our mission to act as a porous and public gathering space for a variety of creative communities.

Free street parking is available on Logan Boulevard, and paid parking is available on Milwaukee Ave.

Art After Work is a series of hands-on artmaking workshops facilitated by Chicago-based artists. Every month, explore new inventive ways to use common, inexpensive, and salvaged materials to create your own unique work of art. Each workshop is designed for you to connect with your creativity, and each other!

Please contact Accessibility Coordinator, Dani Wieder, at with questions related to accessibility accommodations.

Your participation in an Intuit program constitutes implied consent to be photographed, and for those images to be utilized by Intuit for educational, fundraising, and marketing purposes. If you prefer not to be photographed, please let a staff member know and we’ll be happy to respect your wishes.

Art After Work is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trust, Terra Foundation for American Art, and individual donations from Intuit members and supporters.