Natural Dye workshop in the South London Botanical Institute Garden

Natural Dye workshop SLBI
Natural Dye workshop SLBI

Saturday June 12th 10am – 1pm
The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, London SE24 9AQ

• Create a sample colour card using heritage dye plants of the kind growing in the SLBI garden

• See herbarium specimens of these dye plants from the SLBI herbarium collection

• Enjoy a colourful June day exploring botanical hues and plant stories

This event will take place in the SLBI garden with 6 people, we will be observing the current regulations regarding masks, spacing and sanitising.

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Cyanotype Workshop with Daylesford Organics

Discover the magic of early photography inspired by botanical heroines, artists and the wonders of nature with our Cyanotype workshop series.

Cyanotype postcard
Cyanotype postcard

Hosted by Zoë Burt, this workshop will explore the fascinating history of cyanotype. You’ll also learn how to make your own postcard prints inspired by nature.

The workshop fee includes a beginner’s cyanotype kit which will be posted out in advance of the session so there’s no need to worry about sourcing materials.

DATE: Wednesday 5th May 2021
LOCATION: online via Zoom
TIMINGS: 10.30am – midday
PRICE: £45 per person

BOOKING: This workshop will be hosted via Zoom. Please book online below and we will send you the video link and details of how to join. TO ENSURE THE KITS ARE DELIVERED TO YOU ON TIME BOOKINGS WILL BE CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT ON THE 28TH APRIL 2021.For more information or to enquire about last-minute booking, contact the Daylesford team on 01608 731 700 or email CAITLIN.FOGARTY@DAYLESFORD.COM
How to book

Sustainable Luxury Fashion, An Introduction

Sustainable luxury fashion
Sustainable luxury fashion

Sustainable Luxury Fashion, An Introduction
Thursday and Friday 8th and 9th July, 11 – 4pm, online via zoom
Course code: VFC338A

Make a unique sustainable silk camisole, dyed and patterned with botanicals, with Alice Holloway and Zoë Burt. Create a garment in your size and explore natural dyeing and patterning using a heritage dye plant or seasonally foraged plant material. Students will be introduced to concepts of sustainability and ethical fashion in business and localism. The silk is Majestic silk, grown and woven in UK The cost of materials is included in the course fee.
For more details and to book:
or go to and type in the course title


Natural dye print
Natural dye print

Course Code: M2491
17 & 24 July , 2 Saturdays 10 – 4pm
Morley College, Waterloo Centre

Learn to mix natural dye print pastes and apply and fix design techniques to fabric swatches. Explore a range of processes using natural dye extracts, kitchen waste and colour modifiers to create pattern through stencils and polychromatics. Build a small portfolio with recipes to further knowledge in this exciting field of colour.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Learn how to mix print pastes with botanical print extracts
• Explore design using simple paper stencils to screen print
• Discover how to layer colour and play with colour modifiers
• Understand how to fix prints
• Come away with recipes, tests and small fabric sample swatches (A3) to build confidence in this area

For more information and to book visit and type in the course title


cyanotype on fabric
cyanotype on fabric

Course Code: VTX186B
1 May – 8 May, 2 Saturdays, 10 – 4pm
Morley College, Waterloo Centre

Learn to prepare a light sensitive blueprint solution and how to apply it to different surfaces effectively including paper and fabric. Use Morley garden as a source of inspiration. 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.

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Seasonal Natural Dyeing Summer

Morley College Dye Garden
Morley College Dye Garden

Course Code: VTX218C
27 April – 25 May, 5 Tuesdays 10 – 4pm
Morley College, Waterloo Centre

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.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Learn about and plant dye plants and harvest from the Morley College dye garden
• Experiment with a summer seasonal natural dye palette on a range of fibres
• Explore natural dye printing
• Develop an individual project for a textile artwork, fashion application or interior design
• Research, discuss and use sustainable fabrics
• Complete a book of plant colour swatches with recipes and suppliers

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Urban Growth – Introduction to Natural Dyes Using your Kitchen Waste – March 10th 6-7pm – online

Urban Growth – Introduction to natural dyes using kitchen waste

Discover how to create colours on fabrics from plants using kitchen waste
Learn about the various colours you can make from kitchen waste and every day items in this intereactive workshop.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come together to create some natural dye magic.
All welcome to enjoy the presentation, talk and demonstration.

For further info and to book go to the Urban Growth Learning Gardens website or book via eventbrite

Science, Botany, Creativity and Suffragettes

Tune into a online talk via The South London Botanical Institute
Wednesday 3rd March
7- 8pm
A talk and visual investigation – to celebrate International Women’s Day
Focusing on a few female botanists, Zoë will be exploring through artistry and vision, the connecting plant power in protest through direct message and re-useable textile banners and stitch

Women Parade for Womens Suffrage
Votes for Women

The SLBI is a registered charity for botanical education. Bookings via
They will email you the link and password once bookings close on the day of the talk