In this session you are invited to play with a range of surface application processes, including bundle dyeing, Shibori tie dye, painting, hapazome and dye injecting, using a range of natural dye materials, including fresh and dried flowers, berries and leaves; powder pigments, liquid dyes and paints. Everything we use is made from botanicals and minerals, along with some insect dyes and organic British silk.
You will be given an introduction to the different techniques, and have an open session for getting creative. This is a beginners class, and more experienced natural dyers may also enjoy the opportunity to explore using a mixture of techniques together to create something new and unique. You will leave with a new perspective on how to use natural dyes creatively, without boundaries, and with your own naturally dyed length of silk which you may use to make a scarf, cushion cover or other project.
Botanical Inks provides a pioneering model for circular textile production systems in the UK, based on human-scale and biologically nutritious design. A length of organic British silk will be provided and included in class for you to use, and there will also be more available to buy at an additional cost, at £28 per metre, also available by the 1/2 metre.
Tea and coffee will be provided. You may wish to bring extra snacks. Wear clothes which you can get messy.
Workshops take place at The Bristol Textile Quarter, 1A Barton Road, Bristol, BS2 0LF
This postcode will take you to the wrong end of Barton Road, please go to other end. The building is a three-storey redbrick building with red roller opposide the Barley Mow.
Parking outside the studio is free after 5pm and at the weekends.
The studio does not have central heating and can get a little chilly so please make sure to bring warm shoes and sweaters.