Crafty Flagging: Dye Your Own Bandana!

Advocate & Gochis Galleries at the Los Angeles LGBT Center

1125 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, 90038

In this hands-on art workshop led by Rachel Curry, participants will learn the art of wax-resist textile dying to create one-of-a-kind bandanas inspired by the queer practice of flagging. 

The hanky code is just one example of the many ways that LGBTQ+ communities have relied on coded symbols and language to communicate and connect with each other throughout history. From green carnations to pink triangles to labryses and color-coded bandanas; this workshop will dive into the many ways queer people use symbols, colors, language and aesthetics to communicate aspects of identity, affinity, and sexual interests.

Participants will draw inspiration from the history of these symbols and colors to create their hand-dyed hankies embedded with coded messages about their own identity and interests. 

This program may not be suitable for all ages.

About the Facilitator

Rachel Curry is a teaching artist, letterpress printer, bookbinder, zinester, and fiber artist from Los Angeles, California. She received her BA in Art Education with an emphasis in Fiber Arts from CSULB and has experience teaching at institutions such as Otis College of Art and Design, The Huntington Library, and Craft Contemporary, as well as high schools and community organizations across Southern California. As a queer feminist punk, Rachel’s practice as an artist and an educator is rooted in the belief that art is for everyone, and that it is possible to build a better world through creative expression. Visit

This program is organized by Rachel Curry as part of the 2023 Circa: Queer Histories Festival, presented by One Institute. This program is co-presented with the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

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