Dean Zoch, The Fiber Guy

Dean Zoch, The Fiber Guy

Dean Zoch is a Fiber Artist, Lapidist, Naturalist, and Educator. He has spent the last 6 years advocating for the importance of the arts into our education system. Always connecting art, science, and history into his workshops and residencies, Dean encourages students to take a hands-on approach to Fiber Arts helping to make the understanding of the science and history behind the vast legacy of textiles from animal skins to automation come alive. Each workshop or residency will incorporate multimedia and tactile lecture and fun, hands-on activities. In addition, the students get bragging rights, as they each get to keep their creations.


  8808 Driftwood Commons Ct



Eco Printing

Program description

This introductory 3-day residency covers the basics of natural pigments found in plant material, and the most basic method of transferring these pigments to print on paper or fabric. We will also talk about mordants and why they let fabric grab hold of color, and how colors can be modified by incorporating acid, base, aluminum, and iron.  Students will see color changes in base solutions and learn basic vocabulary surrounding their observation.  Students will be given the opportunity to walk outside around campus to find leaves and other items to use for their art project. Using both foraged and provided materials students will have to opportunity to create 2 different types of Eco Prints, pounded plants and flowers, on paper, and Eco Printing on Cotton. Each student will leave with a paper print and an Eco Printed cotton bandanna, or optionally, a t-shirt.

Booking / scheduling contact

Dean Zoch


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Multi-discipline, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Residency
Population served: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Flexible, please contact provider

Available times:

Varies, please contact provider

Length of program: 1 hour per session
Space / technical requirements:

Hot and cold running water, work tables that allow each student at least 3 feet of work space, access to screen or smart board. Fiber projects will be processed off site and delivered to the school once complete.


Classroom or other school provided location. Will need the ability to go outdoors on the day of the plant and flower pounding, both for foraging, and due to noise.

Fees / Ticketing:


Optional additional $5 per student if you prefer t-shirts over bandannas.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.

Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

NC Essential Standards:

Physical Science Essential Standard

PSc.2.2  Understand chemical bonding and chemical interactions.

Visual Art Essential Standards

5-8.V.1 Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively.

5-8.V.2   Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression.

5-8.V.3  Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately.



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

We will work to reschedule if necessary, however, if you must cancel there will be a $50 – $150 cancellation fee.