Liz Spencer is the dogwood dyer. With experience tending organic natural dye gardens nestled between rows of her family's heritage orange grove in southern California, she is now finding a new rhythm by the ocean in San Clemente, CA.
Liz grew up watching the Carolina dogwoods bloom mid-spring, and their arrival each year signifies the beginning of a new foraging and growing season. After time in the Carolinas, Massachusetts, Oregon & Washington states as well as the South of France & the UK, she now splits her time between Southern California and New York City teaching with the ambition to increase sustainable literacy & practices in the fashion and textiles industries.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Linfield College & a Master of Arts from the world's leading sustainable fashion graduate program 'Fashion & the Environment' at the London College of Fashion. She has taught fashion, sustainability, and natural dyeing at Parsons the New School and continually teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was a venture fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA) for a year and a half.
She has years of experience foraging, growing & processing natural dye plants. Liz also has years experience in sustainable subsistence & fiber farming with sheep, alpacas, llamas, goats, pigs & chickens. This work taught her much about the importance of the links between a balanced environment, happy animals, thriving farmers & resilient local economies.
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