Food Material
Indigo Dye Workshop with Candice Lin
October 3, 2021

Artist and Professor of Art at UCLA Candice Lin presents a workshop on indigo dyeing techniques for teens, high school and college students. Using a homemade rice paste for designs, participants explore the potential of food products to be used outside of the kitchen and examine their myriad uses across histories, cultures, and continents. On the occasion of her workshop with Active Cultures, Lin produced a booklet detailing methods of indigo fermenting and dyeing with katazome and shibori techniques, available for download and print here.

Special thanks to François Ghebaly Gallery.

Food Material is an ongoing series organized by Active Cultures curator Bianca Morán that explores how foodways provide a window into our most fundamental beliefs about cultural expression, equity, environmental sustainability, and ourselves. This program was included in a three-part series, Food Material: On Indigo and Rice, presented in Fall 2021 and organized by Anna Cho-Son.

Food Material: On Indigo and Rice is made possible through the generous support of the Active Cultures Board of Directors; the Gatherers Annual Fund; and California Humanities. This program is also supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.


Candice Lin works in Altadena, California. Her practice utilizes installation, drawing, video, and living materials and processes, such as mold, mushrooms, bacteria, fermentation, and stains. Lin has had recent solo exhibitions at the Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2021); Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2020), New Zealand; ICA, NYU Shanghai (2020); Pitzer Galleries, Claremont, California (2020) and the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Art Center, Canada (2019). Lin has been included in recent group exhibitions including the 2021 Gwangju Biennial, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the 2019 Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale, 2018 Taipei Biennale; the 2018 Athens Biennale; and the Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. She is the recipient of several residencies, grants and fellowships, including the American Academy in Berlin Fellowship (2021), the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2019), The Artists Project Award (2018), Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2017), the Davidoff Art Residency (2018) and Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). She received her BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics from Brown University, in 2001, and MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute, in 2004. Lin is Assistant Professor of Art at UCLA.