Sarah Gotowka

I have been growing color since 2009. Whether the plant culminates in a flower that I dry-press or a bloom that I use to extract color from in a dye bath, I form an intimate relationship with that plant and material. This is the inspiration for my art… Oh, that and Beyoncé.




34 Congress St. Trumansburg, NY 14886


If you are driving north from Ithaca on the 96, you will go through the village of Trumansburg. Turn right after the Gimme Coffee onto Union St. Take an immediate left onto Congress St. Travel approximately two blocks down. My studio will be on the right. It is on the bottom floor, (left door) of a red house.


In 2004, two years into my undergraduate art degree, I took an elective introductory Fiber course where I handled raw wool for the first time. I learned how to wash, card, dye and felt these fibers to create a handmade textile. I was in love. I had no idea how this newfound relationship would completely change the course of my life.

Over a decade (and many restaurant jobs) later, I am now living my dream, teaching my community how to grow, harvest, and extract color from natural dye plants. I have taught workshops at Cornell, Ithaca College, The Johnson Museum of Art, New Roots, The Craftstitute and The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts.

This year I am collaborating with Remembrance Farm, Rocky Acres Farm, and Forget-Me-Not Farm, as well as the Chemistry department at Ithaca College and the Sustainability department at Wells College to grow dye plants and teach educational workshops.

Plants that I will be growing this year include, but are not limited to: Japanese indigo, Hopi sunflower, madder, Dyer’s coreopsis, marigold, safflower, alkanet, hollyhock, cosmos, St. John’s wort, and yellow flag iris

I also create one-of-a-kind dry-pressed flower work, as well as weave text embedded cloth. Both bodies of works have been exhibited in the Ithaca area, including the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College and the Jill Stuart Gallery in Cornell’s Human Ecology Building. I also sell my floral prints and cards at The Handwork Artisan’s Coop, Bramble Apothecary in Press Bay Alley, and local craft shows

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