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:
Thursday August 27th 2020
10 – 1pm
Location: South London Botanical Institute Garden
Learn about the special qualities of the madder plant, see it growing in the SLBI garden.
Press a madder plant – Rubia tinctorum – in preparation for the specimen to be added to the herbarium collection at SLBI.
Prepare a dye bath and explore the many colours that can be produced from this root dye bath on a selection of small fabric swatches.
Create your own colour card and draw mindfully in the garden with ink made from madder.
For more details, price and to book, please visit https://www.slbi.org.uk
Early booking recommended as places limited
Please bring a sketchbook and pen and paintbrush
South London Botanical Institute
323 Norwood Road
London, SE24 9AQ
Telephone: 020 8674 5787
Registered Charity No: 214251
Company Limited by Guarantee No: 116643
This year long course covers everything you need to know about natural dyeing and printing. It is designed to deliver a comprehensive and detailed practical overview of contemporary practise. Explore sustainable textiles, current innovations, fibresheds and the circular economy. Design a dye garden and grow plants in and harvest colour from the Morley College dye garden. The course will generate a portfolio of samples, notes, skills and recipes to use in a variety of platforms and for further development. This course is run in 4 blocks as follows: VTX142A: Autumn 2020 , VTX142B: Winter 2021 , VTX218B: Spring 2021, VTX218C: Summer 2021, nesting within VTX218A Combined total 20 weeks
For more information and to book visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk
Saturday 27th May Chelsea Fringe event: Botanical Textiles in Morley College Garden
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
For more info and to book tickets
Natural Dye Workshop:
Dye a silk scarf using madder root. See madder root grown in SLBI garden
Study herbarium sheets of natural dye plants from SLBI. Learn about the history of the natural dyeing process and experiment with a range of colours the madder root makes. Try shibori resist techniques to create patterns with madder.
10 – 1pm
Saturday September 10th
10am – 1pm
£35, book and pay through SLBI