Green Week: Botanical dyeing for lingerie and couture taster session

Colour from plants
Colour from plants

Fri, 30 April 2021
18:00 – 21:00 BST

A taster session for anyone interested in sustainable design using luxury fabrics and processes.

About this Event
Running as part of Green Week 2021 at Morley College London, Morley’s initiative to raise awareness around the issues of sustainability, environmentalism and climate emergency. 5 days of lunchtime, afternoon and evening events…
A taster session for anyone interested in sustainable design using luxury fabrics and processes. Create a botanically dyed bow trim from UK grown organic silk. You will get a taste of what’s involved in botanical dyeing, as well as natural and sustainable sewing and finishing techniques.
In this taster you’ll get a chance to learn from practitioners experienced in the highest ethical standards as well as luxury fashion design and production. Botanical dyeing is a combination of ancient craft with contemporary chemistry. The beautiful fabrics you create require a new sensitivity in the construction and finishing. This course will give you a glimpse of what is possible, to inspire you on your sustainable fashion journey.
Session will be held on Zoom and link sent to you prior to the event with purchase of a ticket £16.76 via eventbrite
How to book


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

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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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Chelsea Fringe: Botanical Textiles

Saturday 27th May Chelsea Fringe event: Botanical Textiles in Morley College Garden

Natural Dyeing
Natural dyeing

Morley College Garden is a little green oasis of tranquility just minutes’ walk from busy Waterloo Station. Morley College textile tutors are opening our secret garden especially for the Chelsea Fringe for 4 workshops
I will be offering a natural dye workshop
Also on offer is papermaking, felt making and woven basketry flowers
2 hour workshops in each skill – try one or two!
The workshops will take place in the garden behind the Nancy Seear building on King Edward Walk. In case of very inclement weather, we will retreat to the Morley College textiles studio.
11am – 1pm (Natural Dyeing and Papermaking) and 2pm – 4pm (Felt Flowers and Basketweaving)
Each workshop is £20
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