Capturing the Rhythm of
Downtown Santa Monica
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Camera Obscura's summer lineup of artist workshops
By Kevin Herrera

Tracy at work. (photos courtesy City of Santa Monica) Tracy at work. (photos courtesy City of Santa Monica)

Tracy Bromwich is the new Studio Artist-in-Residence at the Camera Obscura Art Lab. Through July 30, 2017, Tracy will presents a series of fabric and fiber dyeing and manipulation workshops for adults. Tracy’s residency project focuses on a large-scale weave that draws color inspiration from the natural hues of Palisades Park and nearby Tongva Park.


The residency launched with an amusing exploration of printing with vegetables sourced from the nearby Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. A similar dedication to place and local materials will animate the rest of Bromwich’s tenure, which will include weekly public workshops and a culminating exhibition on July 29 at the Camera Obscura Art Lab. Here are her other events_


Ice-Dyed Cotton Bandana

Saturday 5/20, 11am-1pm & Saturday 7/8, 11am-1pm - $5 each

Explore a fun way to add color to cotton - getting dramatic contrasts and patterns. Participants will work with Fiber Reactive Dyes in a color palette of their choosing and leave with a bandana colored by hand.


Shadow-printed Cotton Tote

Saturday 5/27, 1-3pm & Saturday 6/24, 11am-1pm – $10 each

Create a shadow-printed cotton tote bag using Lumi Inkodye and some artfully cut and arranged produce from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market.


Kool-Aid Dyed Silk Scarf

Saturday 6/3, 11am-1pm –$10

Explore a gentle acid dyeing technique with Kool-Aid, vinegar and heat to color silk. Participants can sew fringe or tassels onto the ends of a silk scarf and dye in a variety of food-grade colors.


Potato Printed Totes

Saturday 6/10, 11am-1pm - $10 each

Learn to use a variety of vegetables from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market for relief printing. We’ll cut them to make blocks and print with screen printing ink on natural cotton tote bags. Come away with a lovely market bag of your own creation!


Naturally Dyed Wool Mini-Skeins

Saturday 6/17, 11am-1pm –$5

Learn how to dye small skeins of wool yarn using liquid natural dye extracts. While the yarns are cooking we will explore ideas for how to use your mini-skein in a sewing or weaving project. Bring an apron and a container for your wet creation - gloves provided.


Indigo-dyed Tote

Wednesday 7/12, 11am-1pm – $5 & Saturday 7/15, 11am-1pm – $10 (note lower price on Wednesday)

Practice shibori dyeing with indigo, a natural dye. Studio Resident Tracy Bromwich leads a session where participants pleat and tie fabric around a PVC pipe to create a unique surface design. Bring an apron - gloves provided.


Weave a Wool Trivet

Saturday 7/22, 11am-1pm - $5

Use a potholder loom to create a handwoven wool trivet or coaster in this class. Weaver and Studio Resident Tracy Bromwich covers weaving terms and gives an easy and fun introduction to the weaving arts with this quick and rewarding technique.


Residency Presentation with Studio Artist-in-Residence Tracy Bromwich

Saturday 7/19, 12-4pm – Free and open to allSpecial Link to RSVP_ Join Studio Artist-in-Residence Tracy Bromwich for a presentation of work created during her fourteen-week tenure at the Camera Obscura Art Lab. Light refreshments provided.


All workshops can be registered for online at


TheCamera Obscura Art Labis located at 1450 Ocean Ave. in Palisades Park, between Broadway & Santa Monica Blvd. Parking nearby at Structure 6 is $2.75 for 3 hours. It is four blocks from the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Station. The Camera Obscura mechanism is free to visit and open Mon - Fri 9am – 3pm & Sat 11am – 4pm. For more information, call (310) 458-2239 or email [email protected] . Tag us at #ArtSaMo and #CameraObscuraArtLab. Visit us on the web at and .




More about the artist_Tracy Bromwich is a fiber artist and architect who loves mechanical problem solving. Her desire for a thoughtfully crafted built environment has most recently found expression in floor loom weaving. Working from the scale of a single thread to the dimensions of a length of cloth, she creates compositions of pattern and color in handwoven fabric. Through her weaving studio/textile brand,  wonderwoven .com, she applies a modern aesthetic to pre-Industrial Revolution technologies. Her work explores both process and material, and often employs hand-dyeing techniques informed by the properties of different fibers. She enjoys sharing her love for fiber arts with others and can often be found engaged in a project with the students, teachers and parents at local schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. Bromwich is licensed to practice architecture in the state of California.


More about the Camera Obscura Studio Artist Residency_The program connects the public with artists and artisans working within and between the worlds of fine art and craft. Resident Artists share their work with the public informally and through public workshops and events. Information about this and other residencies are available at under Artist Opportunities.

Tracy will presents a series of fabric and fiber dyeing and manipulation workshops for adults.

Kevin Herrera is a former journalist turned marketing and communication expert, beer enthusiast, cyclist, cultural observer/commentator and expert on all things Downtown Santa Monica. He is currently the sr. marketing & communication manager for Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.