Saturday 1 – 4pm
Experiment with a range of prepared botanical inks made from kitchen waste and plant matter.
Discover how to make your own set of inks!
Explore mark-making and drawing techniques using simple kitchen chemistry to extend your colour range.
Be inspired by the museum collection to develop patterns and motifs.
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Saturday 1 – 4pm
£48, ages 16 +
Enjoy an afternoon of observation and Creative development!
In this workshop, you will focus on how to use sketching to bridge the gap between initial inspiration and design or artwork.
We will look at objects in the museum and play with scale and drawing exercises to build and extend your artistic techniques for multiple applications.
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5 Tuesdays, 10 – 4pm
Course code: W23TTSE02E
Research seasonal natural dyeing on sustainable fabrics. Explore contemporary natural dye practice locally and globally with links to ritual, medicine and folklore. Utilise plants from the Morley dye garden. Develop with support an individual project to showcase your design development.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Experiment with a summer seasonal natural dye and print palette on a range of fibres
- Develop an individual project for a textile artwork, fashion application or interior design
- Research, discuss and use sustainable fabrics
- Harvest plants from the Morley Dye Garden
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Morley College is a leading adult education college near Waterloo, London, SE1 7HT
Thursday 11th April – Sunday 14th April 2024
This course offers you 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.
By enlisting found objects from personal collections and/or those found at West Dean, we will explore creative journals and sketchbooks as a starting point for mixed media or textile-based work. A series of creative exercises exploring drawing, made drawing tools and inks, collage, colour from botanicals and sustainably sourced cloth will add personal expression and meaning to your work.
The course offers an inspiring insight into ways to gather ideas and resources from the world. Samples will be available to look at, and the course will end with an open discussion of ideas and process about the work produced.
The journal and samples resulting from this creative exploration could be used as a starting point to your creative practice for mixed media and textile-based work, three-dimensional, books or collage.
West Dean is a renowned art college with a strong craft ethos set in stunning Sussex landscape. Your opportunity to develop new skills in beautiful surroundings.
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Join our creative holiday on the Greek island of Nisyros.
Our workshops bring together a unique experience inspired by nature and the positive energy of the the beautiful island of Nisyros. 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. The week has been set up for creatives of all levels, to motivate and reconnect with nature.
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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.
Follow the seasons
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.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 20,21,22nd October