Grow and identify dye plants and utilise the Morley dye garden. Experiment with seasonal plant dyeing, contact printing, solar dyeing and eco printing. Create and test natural dye mordants on a variety of fabrics. Plan a dye garden design. Develop a beautiful book of samples and recipes.
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.
Come explore the beauty of colours from seasonal plants foraged locally in an introductory natural dye workshop and extend the colour spectrum with simple kitchen chemistry to create a take-away colour swatch card.
Explore techniques to bridge the gap between inspiration and research to build creative connected content. Inner and outer landscapes will be explored and playful processes developed for mixed media and textile-based work. Give yourself the time and space to discover resources, colours and shapes from the local environment to use as starting points for a week of focused and fresh interpretation.
Learn to prepare a light sensitive blueprint solution and how to apply it to different surfaces effectively including paper and fabric. Students 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. The course also investigates current practice and artists using cyanotype or blueprinting.
– Create a swatch card of modified natural due colour samples
– Naturally dye and pattern a peace silk scarf
– Learn how to prepare fabric for dyeing
– Discover a brief history of natural dyeing and the resurgence of interest in contemporary practise
Thursday 16th September 10.30 – 3.30pm – Kitchen Botanicals
Location: Minerva Workshop, Dove Centre, Kentish Town, NW5 2BJ