Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Benjamin.
Hi Angie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am a self-taught tie-dyer. I started dabbling in tie-dye with baby clothes and renegade vending at concerts. This brought me to desire to reach farther for festivals and starting a real side business. I taught myself the art and grew my skills in the areas needed to become a professional dyer in a world of crafters and dyers of all kinds. I have studied the ancient style of shibori dying and have adapted it to a more modern style that is my own. This year I have been honored to be accepted as the tie dye vendor for Telluride Bluegrass Festival and I couldn’t be more proud that my work has gotten me this far.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
With being a full-time teacher as well as an artist, I have had to find a balance in my life. Sometimes it has required taking months off at a time. The last few years of Covid have had their own challenges but the light at the end of the tunnel has made me reach even harder for the successful summers of tie-dying and festivals as they return.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As an artist, I am most recognized for the unique style of “dots” on my dyes. It is my signature and has been recognized by many. Just looking at my work, it is recognized. I recently gave George Porter Jr one of my dyes to wear when he played the 30th anniversary shows at The Fox in Boulder. Being accepted to festivals and events that are hard to get into has me patting myself on the back.
What matters most to you? Why?
Being able to create and share color and art is what I love to do. Getting to see my art come to life when it goes onto a body it fits perfectly is the best reward.
- $50-$80 for Adult shirts
- $60-$120 Ladies dresses
- $40 Kids Dresses
- $15 Bamboo Socks
- $125 Tapestries
- Instagram: @dyedfamilyties
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dyedfamilyties/