Kitchen Botanics: Colour and Fabrics from Plants – a talk and demo

Tune into the South London Botanical Institute
Wednesday 17th February

A talk and demo exploring the magic of obtaining colour from everyday plants, fruits and vegetables with guidelines on how to create your own bright hues. Together with details of innovations in plant waste fabrics.

Red Cabbage natural dye
Red Cabbage natural dye

Photo shows vibrant red cabbage natural dye swatches on silk by natural dye student at Morley College Sylviane

Booking via the South London Botanical Institute website under events
The SLBI is a registered charity for botanical education. It supports people of all ages and backgrounds in learning about plants.
They will email you the link and password once bookings close on the day of the talk.

Seasonal Natural Dyeing Spring online

Seasonal Natural Dyeing Spring - seed card
Seasonal Natural Dyeing Spring

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, course code VTX218B

Advanced Textile Workshop January 2021

Textiles Advanced Workshop
Textiles Advanced Workshop

Limited availability for safe working on this advanced course in the specialist textile studio leading to a group exhibition “Reset” in the newly refurbished Morley Gallery after Easter 2021. For more information and to enrol visit via with course code VTX005B
Artwork shown here by workshop participant Line Le fevre

Minerva Natural Dye Workshop

Madder silks, Zoe Burt, photo by ,Marianne Wie
Madder silks, Zoe Burt, photo by ,Marianne Wie

Explore a sample of natural dyes made from bio-waste

Discover the links to food and medicine and a brief history of natural dyeing and the resurgence of interest in contemporary practise

Learn how to prepare fabric for dyeing

Create a mini swatch card of modified natural dye colour samples

Naturally dye and uniquely pattern a 35cm piece silk scarf

DATE: October 1st

LOCATION: Minerva Workshop, Dove Centre, Kentish Town, NW5 2BJ

TIMINGS: 10.30 – 3pm

For more details and how to book, open the link:

Talk for South London Botanical Institute


Wednesday 19th August 7pm
Botanical Colour from plants
Fashion, textiles, craft & herbaria
sustainability @slbi

A talk about the resurgence of interest in botanical colour and sustainability, connecting innovations past and present in this field.
In light of environmental concerns in the fashion and textiles industry an insight into a connected, imaginative and plant inspired future.
Mindfully connecting design activism, environmentalism and localism.
The talk aims to seed thoughts about these connections and look at trends in craft and creative businesses small and large scale looking to nature for inspiration.
Also highlighting some beautiful herbarium specimens of heritage dye plants collected by SLBI founder Allan Octavian Hume.

To book contact South London Botanical Institute
Telephone: 020 8674 5787