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.
Discover the joy of natural dyeing and creating colour from plants readily available from your own kitchen, garden or allotment. Explore the history of this fascinating heritage craft and learn about contemporary practice in this field. Come away with a beautiful colour card of swatches and recipes and the confidence to further experiment on your own. Enjoy a beautiful day in stunning surroundings
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 the termly Seasonal Natural Dyeing Winter, Spring and Summer
Create a natural dye palette using plant extracts and seasonal foraging. Print with natural dye extracts and print discharge methods to remove colour and create pattern. Experiment with a range of pattern and mark making techniques on various fabric bases such as fine woven wool, peace silk and organic cotton and linen. Explore current thinking around issues of sustainability in textiles and current innovations including new fibre types.
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