Natural Dyeing and Shibori
With Sally Blake
Wednesday > 10am – 12:30pm
27 February – 3 April
In this workshop participants will learn how to dye with local plants. You will learn shibori methods to pattern your fabrics while dyeing. Using a variety of fabrics and mordants you will discover how to make a range of colours from a single plant. You will also be taught how to make leaf prints on fabric. You will learn how to use plants to dye fabrics and threads safely, including how to set up your own dye kitchen at home. At the completion of the workshops, you will be able to use dyes independently and to continue exploring at home.
About Sally Blake >
Sally Blake’s practice is concerned with visualising the complex relationships and interconnections between the human and natural worlds through textile and paper-based media. To reveal these connections she often works with natural processes and materials such as rain and plants in the creation of artworks. She is particularly concerned with cycles of death, renewal and regeneration, and looks to ecology, psychology and mythology to clarify her ideas. Blake works extensively with locally-sourced plant dyes and has developed the Eucalyptus Dye Database. With the yarns she dyes she makes baskets as representations of place.
Week 1 (27 Feb)
Introduction to working safely with plant dyes. In this class, you will learn how to make leaf prints on fabric.
Week 2 (6 Mar)
This week we will make pots of dye and learn how to prepare different fibres for dyeing. Participants will collect samples from each dye-pot we make through the course.
Week 3 (13 Mar)
We will learn about mordants and will start learning some basic shibori techniques.
Week 4 (20 Mar)
Continue with shibori, different dye plants and mordants.
Week 5 & 6 (27 Mar & 3 Apr)
Participants will be encouraged and supported to pursue their own project, such as dyeing a garment or scarf or making shibori samples for a bigger project.
All materials will be provided.
More info >
Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.