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Plymouth College of Art - 5 Week Natural Dyeing for Beginners

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Tavistock Place

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This course is designed for those with some experience of natural dyeing, but is also open to beginners. We will cover a range of processes, starting with the basics of making a natural dye bath, to exploring printing and mark making with natural dyes. This course is designed to give students an understanding of how natural dyes can be used in a broader sense, not only to create beautifully coloured fabrics, but how to use this colour in your own designs through print.

Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place

Start Time: 18:00

End Time: 21:00

Start Date: 25/04/2018

End Date: 23/05/2018

Day: Wednesday

Fee: £150


Week 1

This week will be an introduction into the preparation of a few different dye baths, including alkanet, madder, logwood, brazilwood and henna. Using over dyeing, mordants, modifiers and different fibre types, we will create a spectrum of colour for students to refer back to in following weeks.

Week 2

In the second week students will learn how to make Katazome paste - a Japanese form of resist dyeing. Stencils will be cut using thick card stock to pull the paste through, and dyed using indigo and other natural dyes.

Week 3

Using a form of seaweed powder as a base, and extract of indigo, madder, henna and cutch for colour, students will learn how to print using natural dyes through a screen. Using paper cut-outs as stencils, students will be able to create their own designs.

Week 4

The fourth week will introduce students to cutting Lino prints for use with natural dyes. We will also explore a process whereby we paint directly onto a silk screen using natural dyes, creating painterly effects.

Week 5

We will begin this session with an overview of the process of making inks from natural materials such as petals. This week will also be an opportunity for students to continue working on their own individual projects using the processes taught in previous weeks.

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None.

Materials and Equipment

If students could gather 2-3 small containers, around 30ml size, preferably glass so they may take home their natural inks. Small fabric samples will be provided in each session, but students will need to provide their own fabrics to develop their work. Advice will be given in the first class around the best types of fabric, but synthetic fabrics do not work with natural dyes.

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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