5 October – 9 November 2021 | Tuesdays | Seasonal Natural Dyeing Autumn | Morley College, London


1 day per week, 5 x Tuesdays, 10 – 4pm

£245 concessions available
(W21TTSE04A – course code)

For more details and to enrol: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/course/seasonal-natural-dyeing-autumn/

Learn to extract colour from roots, leaves, bark, flowers and berries. Practice how to make mordants for different fabric types and how to extend a colour palette using modifiers. Create a bespoke record book of harmonious colours from nature. Harvest plants from the dye garden.




Zoë Burt is an artist, designer, educator, award winning artist and author. Current themes explore the connection between ecology, botanical colour, activism and sustainability. She has two daughters and lives in South London.

From a young age Zoë has been a botanical explorer with a love for art, textiles and fashion. After studying textiles at Central St Martins, she worked in the fashion industry.

Lightbodies was awarded funding by Heritage Lottery and fusion to document summer at Brockwell Park London lido, a collabrative portrait project using light and water.

After 15 years in the fashion industry , Zoë asked the question ‘is it possible to grow a garment from seed in an urban environment? The Seeds of Fashion project was awarded a Timberland Earthkeeper grant and involved community gardens, parks, allotments, schools, developing to collaborate with Cordwainers Grow, and The London College of Fashion to grow London linen and make a piece designed by students and knitted up by technicians at LCF.

Her fascination with plant dyes grew from this project, leading her study Slow Textiles and how to ‘Grow Your Own Colour’, a year long course in growing and working with natural dyes. Zoë tutors the Seasonal Natural Dyeing and Sustainable Textiles course over 4 terms and the Textiles Advanced workshop at Morley College, London. She also  offers other creative workshops at ”design meets horticulture” venues including The South London Botanical Institute, Kew, Chelsea Physic Garden, Daylesfrod Organic Farm, The Royal Horticultural Society, Bergen Arboretum, Norway and Nisyros, Greece.

Her book Nature Journal in collaboration with Marianne Wie sold at V&A as part of the Fashioned from Nature exhibition.

Zoë loves sharing her skills and continuing to learn about the depth of colour, history and potential in connecting with nature, textiles and people.

22nd September – 8th December 2021 | Wednesdays | Textiles Advanced Workshop | Morley College, London


1 day per week, 11 x Wednesdays, 10 – 4pm – £535 concessions available
(W21TTSH01A – course code)

For more details and to enrol: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/course/textiles-advanced-workshop/textiles-advanced-workshop/

Create textiles in a stimulating and supportive environment in a specialist textiles studio with a dye garden. Develop your own projects with a view to exhibiting and working to commission. Special attention will be given to sustainability, research, design, exhibitions and current textiles practice. A series of workshops, demonstrations and presentations will be offered to explore textile techniques. This course is suitable for those with an independent outlook and advanced textiles experience, such as a degree, or who have completed the Textiles Foundation course and want to further their practice. The group hold in year or end of year exhibitions and participate in other creative opportunities arising through collaborations with other visual departments at Morley and external partners. Entry is by informal interview in person or by phone/email, with a (digital) portfolio of recent work.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop your own historical and practical research for individual themes and ideas.
  • Investigate a range of print and dye processes.
  • Use a variety of constructed techniques and hand stitch.
  • Develop your own individual textile practice.
  • Explore sustainable principles to embed in your own studio practise


18 & 25 September 2021 | Natural Dyeing Taster | Morley College, London

Discover the beauty of natural dyes from plants in a 2 day taster. Explore colour potential in a creative and friendly environment.
2 Saturdays 10 – 4pm – £100 concessions available
• 18TH September 2021 – 25th September (another tutor for 25th)

Click this link for all details and to enrol: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/course/natural-dyeing-taster/natural-dyeing-taster/

Courses on the second floor of Nancy Seear Building. King Edwards Walk near Waterloo and Lambeth North Stations. There is lift access to the first floor only. Good mobility required for stairs to studio and garden.