Classes & Events
Indio is a community gathering place. Our workshops, led by experienced makers, are a lively exchange of ideas and materials. You will leave with a tangible object of beauty – a piñata, a pajaki, or a placemat – and with knowledge of the process and cultural customs behind it. All classes are held at Indio at Brightleaf Square. No experience needed and all materials are included.
To sign up, click on individual classes.
Our Fabulous Teachers
Nathan Somers is an elementary school teacher and has been working with natural fibers and dyes for the past 8 years. His inspiration comes from antique Japanese indigo dyed fabrics and their extensive use of unusual fibers such as, wisteria, kudzu, ramie, nettle, and upland cotton. Nathan grows and forages many of these fibers and uses them to spin and weave.
Diana Cathcart holds a B.A. in Psychology and Costume Production from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Women's Clothing Design and is an avid knitter, dyer, seamstress, and all-around fiber enthusiast. Diana is particularly interested in supporting local fiber economies and ethical fashion through her community project, the Piedmont Fibershed, whose goal is to promote collaboration and education surrounding the "soil-to-soil" clothing movement.
Anna Carson DeWitt is Durham-based portrait photographer, writer, doula and professor. Shealways imagines the children she photographs looking back on their pictures as adults, and seeing clearly how interesting and wonderful they were as kids, and how deeply they are loved. Recent adventures include traveling the islands of Southeast Alaska by ferry as an artist in residence at the Island Institute, and riding shotgun with a women's health humanitarian organization as a documentary photographer in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. You can check out her family photography at annacarsondewittphotography.com, and her personal creative shenanigans at annacarsondewitt.com.
Gillian Rose Galdy is a Durham native and floral designer. Gillian's dedication to local and ethically-grown Piedmont area blooms began at Sol Patch Farm, where she grew flowers from seed to bloom. The artist's eye she brings to floral design comes from her training in the fine arts. Printmaking taught Gillian to habitually consider composition and the interaction of color; this perspective crosses over to her love of arranging flowers. Gillian sees each arrangement, bouquet, and crown as a work of art that demands unique attention to detail and care. Gillian was trained in floral design by Stephanie Garrett, AIFD, NCCPF, CFD from 2013 to 2014. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Guilford College in 2010.
Lindsay Perry crafts the healing potions of Full Flower Herbs from her home in Durham. Lindsay wildcrafts with a bias for abundant, weedy plants, and reverence for plant communities. She also sources herbs from her garden and local sustainable farmers, to create truly sustainable, high quality herbal medicine. She learned to make and use plant medicine through study with local and regional teachers, including Kim Calhoun and the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Lindsay is happiest tending her herb garden or filling a basket with wild medicinal flowers. Helping others find plant allies and deepen their connection to nature and Mama Earth are pretty wonderful too.