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Plymouth College of Art - 10 Week Natural Dyeing for Beginners

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Plymouth College of Art

Tavistock Place



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Join us for this ten week introduction to natural dyeing. We will explore the wide range of colours available to us from the natural world, from deep indigo blues, to soft avocado skin pinks. Using a wide range of natural dye produce we will create a whole spectrum of colour, exploring different resist methods to create patterns.

You will be encouraged to work on developing your own projects within the dyeing classes and to think about how you could use natural dyeing. For example, if you are a keen knitter, you could think about dyeing yarns, or creating some interesting effects through dip or space dyeing. You will be supplied with fabric for test pieces and experimentation, and also using your own clothing, soft furnishings and fabrics to.

Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place

Start Time: 18:00

End Time: 21:00

Start Date: 09/01/2018

End Date: 20/03/2018

Day: Thursday

Fee: £220

Course Content

Week 1

Introduction to vegetable dyeing, we will cover the basics including different fibre types, what kinds of vegetable dyes work well and different mordants. We will also talk about what other projects students might have in mind.

Week 2

Shibori dyeing and an introduction to indigo dyeing. In this session, we will cover folding shibori techniques to make beautifully geometric patterned fabrics.

Week 3

Stitch resist shibori techniques, continuing to use vegetable and indigo dyes.

Week 4

Dyeing with woad and weld, creating yellow, blue and overdyeing to create green. We will also look at rust dyeing.

Week 5

Catch up session to recap on anything students might wish to, or to work on personal projects.

Week 6

Looking into more depth at vegetable dyeing, we will look into overdyeing to create a whole spectrum of colour.

Week 7

Batik wax resist dyeing, using tjantings to draw out designs with melted wax.

Week 8

Flour paste resist, creating a similar effect to batik but easier for students to replicate at home.

Week 9

Flower smashing, transferring colour directly from dyestuff onto fabric. A really fun technique!

Week 10

A chance for students to work on their own projects, or to go back over anything they really want to explore in more depth.

Entry Requirements


Materials and Equipment

Demonstration or materials for experimentation will be provided free of charge but you may be required to purchase your own materials in order to complete your personal creative projects. Please wear old clothes/an overall or apron and strong, flat, closed-toe footwear. You should bring drawing tools, a sketchbook or notepad, rubber gloves and an apron.

Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

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