Explore the abundance of plants that yield colour to use in natural dyeing fabric. You are introduced to fabric types and preparation, mordants, modifiers, seasonal colour, heritage dye plants and botanical extracts. Practical demonstrations offer guidance on how to create dye baths and test and document colours. Inspirational samples show the range of possibilities starting with botanical waste from your kitchen.
The minimum time required to watch and respond to the video content and complete the tasks is 9 hours. The tutor also recommends how you can develop your work further so that you can continue to use the skills acquired on this course for future projects. Six months of online access to all of the course content.
23 February – 23 March, 5 Tuesdays
What you will learn
Grow and identify dye plants with a miniature dye garden seed set. 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.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Experiment with seasonal plant dyeing on a range of fibres
Identify dye plants, grow dye plant seedlings and design a dye garden
Explore botanical contact printing, eco printing and solar dyeing
Test natural dye mordants and modifiers
Investigate global dye practitioners and fibreshed models
£270 or £205 concession, booking via the website www.morleycollege.ac.uk, course code VTX218B