Sat 25th June 2016 10am – 4pm
Discover sustainable, environmentally friendly ways to beautifully pattern fabric using ancient techniques and plant dyes. Woad (Indigo), Madder and Weld are the oldest European dyes which can create a full spectrum of colours when combined. Shibori is a refined form of tie-dye originating in Japan and used to create intricate patterns. These are created by clamping, tieing, stitching, wrapping, folding and binding fabric before dyeing.
In this one day workshop we will explore the fascinating history of natural dyes, from indigo's use as war paint for spiritual protection by the Celts to the influence sustainable materials are having on the fashion industry today. You will be introduced to three traditional plant dyes and will try four Shibori resist techniques.
You will leave with your own rainbow of fabric samples displayed in a folding swatch book, 4 different indigo shibori pattern samples and a patterned and dyed silk scarf. If there's time you can also bring your own un-dyed textile item or an old item of clothing to revive in the dye vats.
You will be provided with a comprehensive workshop manual and will have the chance to purchase your own indigo dye kit for use at home.
The £60 fee includes all materials but if students wish to bring their own fabrics this can be reduced to £50 (fabrics must be prepared in advance following instructions sent prior to the event.)
Included in the workshop:-
* comprehensive workshop manual
* 6 pre-scoured, pre-mordanted silk samples
* 4 cotton samples
* 1 pre-scoured, pre-mordanted habotai 8 silk scarf
* cartridge paper to make swatch book
* light refreshments
Optional extras available on the day:
* tea towel, silk scarf or tote bag
* indigo dye kit
N.B. There are only 8 spaces available. Tickets selling online.