Sewing Seeds’ Residency awards artists that integrate natural dyes, community engagement and public spaces in their practice. During 6 weeks, the selected artist will work towards developing a site specific project to be displayed outdoors in one of Sewing Seeds garden partners. Throughout the residency, the artist will have access to studio space and locally grown natural dye materials.






- Sewing Seeds Residency is 6 weeks long, from July 6 - August 15 2015

- Sewing Seeds garden venue is The Heckscer  Foundation Children's  Garden, in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 

- Proposed projects should include innovative uses of natural dye materials and promote community engagement with fiber arts and natural dyes.

- Projects must be developed, created and installed during the time frame of the residency. Final work will be displayed until the end of October. 

- Sewing Seeds resident is required to teach one 3-hour workshop in the garden during the residency time. 







- Materials stipend of $1000

- Personal studio space at TAC/AIR space for the duration of the residency

- Access to TAC's studio and equipment (including floor looms; home and industrial sewing machines; knitting machines; dye lab for natural and synthetic dyes; washer/dryer; steamer; screen printing facilities which include 3 yardage tables, large exposure unit and washout booth) 

- Access to natural dye plants from the Sewing Seeds natural dye garden partners 

- Promotion of artist and project work-in-progress through TAC social media and website

- Opening party 




Artists and designers working in all media, ages 21+.

Application must be submitted online in full, and include up to 5 images related to the proposed project.

Proposed projects must include the use of natural dye materials, and conceived taking in consideration The Heckscher  Foundation Children's  Garden space and community.






Our juried selection process is led by represantants of the Textile Arts Center and Sewing Seeds, members of the garden venue, and artists and educators working with natural dyes , taking into strong consideration the applicants’ proposed project, clear ideas on work to be created during time of residence, and desire for a strong community. 





Sewing Seeds Residency 2013: Neil Goss

Sewing Seeds Residency 2014: Brigitta Varadi



Funding Credits:

This Sewing Seeds' Residency is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC);  and in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project.