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 them as modifiers. Create a bespoke record book of harmonious colours from nature. Harvest plants from the Morley dye garden. Review natural dyeing, past and present through active learning, fabric samples, presentations, books, and digital resources. This course can be taken individually or sign up for each term: Seasonal Natural Dyeing : Winter, Spring and Summer to take you through the year.
5 Tuesdays 10 – 4pm
Course code: W23TTSE02B
£275 or £205 concession
Teaching is both on a group and individual basis with technical advice in a specialist studio with a dye garden on site. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around the historical and contemporary use of natural dyeing. By the end of the course everyone will have a range of naturally dyed fabric swatches together with notes for techniques to give them confidence to try their own natural dyeing and printing projects.
Connect with nature as you explore a range of techniques using seasonally foraged and dried materials to make inks, brushes, cyanotypes and natural dyes. Observational and sensory techniques will be creatively utilised to deepen your awareness of the environment.
Enjoy connecting with others and the elements to create a foundation of creative ideas to spring from. This course will deepen your connection to nature and encourage you to try out exciting methods to develop unique new works. Your unique nature journal book will be a useful resource to work with for further experiments on paper and fabric.
You will be inspired through seasonal creative activities, gain insight into the history, science and folklore of heritage techniques and explore how to journal and connect with your environment.
Learn how to develop unique cyanotype prints from guided experimentation. Discover how to make a beautiful swatch card of colours from heritage and foraged botanicals. You will draw and collage with papers made with plant inks, and mindfully atune to your environment through observational and sensory drawing. Explore methods to free up your mark-making and pattern building.
By the end of the course, you will have gained confidence in creating colours from nature on fabric and paper, learnt how to prepare a light sensitive solution and how to apply it successfully, and deepened your knowledge of process and practice in seasonally connected activities.
Learn to prepare a light sensitive blueprint solution and how to apply it to different surfaces effectively including paper and fabric. Develop and experiment with various techniques to make unique images using this historical process and learn to remove the blue colour from prints and make brown-toned images and explore kitchen chemistry. The course also investigates current practice and artists using cyanotype or blueprinting.
Join our creative holiday on the Greek island of Nisyros 2 – 6th October 2023
Our workshops bring together a unique experience inspired by nature and the positive energy of the the beautiful island of Nisyros. Together with the artists behind the book Nature Journal, you will learn skills, create and collect material to explore art and craft techniques inspired by the land and the seasons. Nisyros is a small volcanic island in the middle of the Dodecanese complex. The island is renowned for its natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage. It is a truly authentic place, perfect to experiment with creativity.
The workshops have been set up for beginners and art professionals to inspire, motivate and reconnect with nature. During the workshops we will introduce you to various processes which make use of the natural elements on the island. We will explore beaches, forage for plants and gather materials for inspiration and use. In your spare time you can choose to visit museums and churches, the volcano, walk and explore, go to the beach or relax in therapeutic waters in a rustic spa.
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Research seasonal natural dyeing on sustainable fabrics. Explore contemporary natural dye practise globally and links to ritual, medicine and folklore. Utilise plants from the Morley dye garden. Develop with support an individual project to showcase your design development.
An introduction to an early form of photography – Cyanotype.
Discover the history and wonder of this magical form of image-making. Create your own unique postcard images. An exciting process using sunlight and water to form cyanotype prints, also known as blueprinting or sun printing.
Using inspiration from objects in the Worthing museum collection and the local Sussex landscape, develop unique photographs without using your camera or a digital phone.
Learn how to make and give creative expression to plant colours.
Experiment with plants and cuttings from the local environment, Brixton market and kitchen scraps. Explore how simple chemistry can extend your colour palette. Come away with colourful pages, recipes and notes to develop further.
Zoë has been exploring colour from plants for several years and enjoys sharing their chromatic energy, connecting to nature and our environment.