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Plymouth College of Art - 5 Week Natural Dying Techniques for Beginners

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For those looking to broaden their understanding and experience of using natural dyes to ecologically transform textiles with colour and a range of contemporary traditional printmaking techniques.


This course teaches the full plant to print journey, looking at how to identify, harvest and responsibly source natural dyes. How to extract colour from plants and make dyes, natural mordants and modifiers, to dye meterage of cloth and paper, using the hot or cold dye pot technique for adjective and substantive dyes, and also vat dyeing with indigo. Along with a range of surface application techniques, which compliment the natural materials and have a minimal impact on the environment. Including block printing, screen printing, bundle dyeing, hapazome printing and shibori resist dyeing.


Only organic and recycled materials are used in these classes, and no toxic, synthetic substances whatsoever, as part of a non-toxic, closed-loop, creative practice using renewable natural materials.


Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place

Start Time: 18:00

End Time: 21:00

Start Date: 25/04/17

End Date: 23/05/17

Day: Tuesday

Fee: £120


Course Content

Week 1 - Make a collection of colour swatch samples with different natural fibre textiles. Dye a length of cloth. Finishing and after care.


Week 2 - Shibori with natural dyes. Learn how to create repeat patterns with resist dyeing, inspired by the ancient art of Japanese Shibori.


Week 3 - Make a series of colour and pattern test swatch samples followed by a final piece on a 1m length of organically grown British silk.


Week 4 - Block Printing with natural dyes. You will practise the print process on a variety of textiles, to understand how they behave differently and to test a few different colours. You will have a collection of swatches to keep. Finally, you will print your own length of cloth using your choice of ink colour.


Week 5 - Screen Printing with natural dyes. You will make some colour test swatches with different textiles and will print your own length of fabric using your stencil design.

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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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