10am-4pm at The Chicken Shed Studio, Dartington, Totnes, Devon and The Tallet Studios, Calmsden, Cirencester, GL7 5ET
Friday 1st November - The Tallet Studios (One space)
Friday 22nd November - The Tallet Studios (Three spaces)
Saturday 30th November - The Tallet Studios
Exploring natural dyeing techniques to create a variety of colours and effects on silk and wool. Create a variety of colour samples and some fabric to use in a textile project such as a scarf or cushion.
This is an introduction to processes through which you can achieve colours from plants that grow all around us. Such as gorse, nettles, walnut, onion skins, dandelion, oak. We will go for a walk and see what natural dye plants are available to us in the landscape, we can gather some plants for the dye pot. These are softer earthy colours - the colours of our landscape. We will be using non-toxic plant mordants - tannin, natural acid, and symplocos (an alternative to alum).
We will also create strong, vivid colours using traditional dye plants such as madder and weld. These plants have been used for thousands of years to colour the textiles of our ancestors all around the world.
We will apply simple shibori resist techniques using clamps, wood blocks, and string to create patterns on the fabric.
Cost: £95, including two pieces of organic silk to dye, and a range of colour samples from the day I am open to skill shares and exchanges. This workshop is often paired with an indigo workshop or a ink making workshop. There is a discount if you book a two day workshop.
If it is booked up, I do sometimes have cancellations, so it is worth adding your name to the waiting list.
Introduction to botanical ink making for painting and drawing on paper
10.30am-3.30pm, At The Tallet Studios, Calmsden, Cirencester, GL7 5ET and The Chicken Shed Studio, Dartington, Totnes, Devon.
Friday 27th September - The Chicken Shed Studio (Full)
Saturday 23rd November - The Tallet Studios (Full)
Sunday 1st December - The Tallet Studios
Identifying and harvesting wild and cultivated plants that can be use used to make inks and paints. We will process these plants in to inks and dyes for paper
Introduction to modifiers. These are metals, acids, and alkalis that you can use create a chemical reaction, transforming and shifting colours on the page. Learn how to create and source a set of modifiers.
Create your own botanical ink reference sheet, demonstrating how inks are effected by different modifiers.
A set of handmade unbleached recycled paper is included in this course for you to start exploring the possibilities of these ink using brushes and dip pens.
Come away with a small set of handmade inks, a colour and modifier key, and some explorational drawings.
This workshop is often paired with an Introduction to Natural Dyeing Workshop. There is a discount if you book both days.
10am-4pm, at The Tallet, Calmsden, Cirencester, GL7 5ET
Thursday 31st October - The Tallet Studios
Saturday 2nd November (Fully booked) - The Tallet Studios
Explore indigo vat dyeing and shibori resist techniques to create beautiful patterned textiles. Learn traditional methods of shibori resist dyeing - folding, clamping, scrunching, and stitching create repeat patterns. A practical guide to how to create, dye with, maintain, and dispose of an organic indigo dye vat. You can bring natural clothes or textiles to put in the dye vat. I will have some linen and organic cotton available. Come away with a dyed upcycled garment, or fabric to make in to something like a scarf, or cushion.
Please bring a packed-lunch. Cost: £85, including a length of organic cotton. I am open to skill shares and exchanges.
If it is full up, I do sometimes have cancellations, so it is worth adding your name to the waiting list.
10.30 am -3.30 pm, At The Tallet Studios, near Cirencester, GL7 5ET
On Saturday 4th May
Learn how to create beautiful patterns and prints on fabric using flowers, leaves, roots, and barks through a binding and steaming process. An overview of what natural dye plants you can grow in your garden or find in the hedgerow, working with processes that give strong and long lasting colour. Explore different mordants and modifiers you can make and use for a variety of effects. Over dyeing bundles with indigo to give more variety of colour, watching colours transform in the indigo dye vat.
No fancy equipment needed - everything you learn you will be able to do at home.
All materials included. 1m of silk, all the plants dyes mordants, and modifiers you need.