Date: Wednesday November 5th & Thursday November 6th
Time: 9.30 – 3.30pm
Spend 2 days learning to dye using plant material gathered from your home and local environment. Whether that is from the leftovers from last night’s dinner, leaves and flowers growing in your garden or those gathered from your street or local park, never purchase dye again. Create cloth and paper which is truly local and seasonal.
We will be using a bundling technique with boiling and steaming which prints the actual plants onto the fabric, giving excellent detail.
Expect to go home with many individual pieces of fabric to incorporate into your work.
You will also have the option of dyeing your thread/wool in the pots or in your bundles for great variegated thread or you can spend some time stitching into your cloth before dyeing for a wonderful integrated look.
There will also be the opportunity to lay some papers out for rusting and I will set up a small indigo pot to play with.
Begin the day by learning to make two simple paints from milk, flour, sugar and natural pigments.Then use them to paint a large sheet of watercolour paper on one side. While this is drying make a small sample tape bound book in preparation for tearing your painting into smaller pieces to make a one of a kind artist’s book which you will work back into using encaustic techniques.