About the Course
Creative Blue Retreat : 7, 8 September , 10.30am-4.30pm
Join Textile Artist Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw and Edinburgh based Book Binder Cassandra Barron for a hands-on weekend exploring the creative potential of Indigo dye and bookbinding.
Our base for the two days will be the fabulous Woodlands workspace a creative Unit in a community garden in the West end of Glasgow. - easily accessible by car and public transport.
Over the weekend we'll be taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape and community gardens, working with local flora and Natural Indigo Dye. We will learn to set up a Natural Indigo vat (and maintain it) We will experiment with dyeing cloth (Silk, Wool, Cotton and Linen) and create Shibori Pattern using unique fold and clamp patterns. We will also experiment with marbling, cyanotype printing and turning our Indigo into ink for stamping and mark-making. Handmade calligraphy pens/brushes will be made and used. We will then transform a selection of our botanical blue creations into unique and usable hand-bound books and journals.
On Day one we will explore the mystery of the Indigo vat, learn to set it up and experiment with Shibori patterns under the guidance of Elisabeth. We will also experiment with a range of mark-making techniques, the output of which will be a body of hand-printed work onto paper, fabric and clay. On day 2 Cass will introduce a range of decorative and functional bookbinding techniques, and assist you in binding some of your creations into a journals and artists books, including a blue Shibori sample book and creative journal.
This weekend retreat builds on our popular day-long collaborative workshops but has been designed to allow more time and space to introduce and experiment with a range of eco-printing techniques, binding methods and materials.
Meet the artists...
Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw - Textile artist and Eco-upcycler - “I start the day with a walk in the park where I pick up my supplies (leaves) before returning to my studio where i find the essentials needed to create my art...via my local B & B where I will be given discarded bed linen to up-cycle. I love 'remaking' and mixing old with new, gathering the elements of my creations from well loved objects. My artistic practice finds its roots in a conflicts between ecology and industrial waste. Through my creations ephemeral botanical beauties gain an eternal lease of life and join forces with discarded objects to become desirable pieces. Blue from my Indigo vat and green from the eco-printing i practise most days are by far my favorite Eco colors.
My work find its sources in traditional well executed crafts techniques associated with witchcraft. Hot cauldrons, needles and thread and sand paper are side by side on my worktable. In my personal work I am forcing a relationship and a personal narrative between nature and nurture.
My work takes place in the circular local economy, I remake discarded objects drawing on botanical witchery and industrial texture building. For those who want to learn my craft I have endless passion and skills to pass on.
Cassandra Barron - Bookbinder - "I began making my own sketchbooks while studying Fine Art Sculpture at Art School but have really honed my bookbinding practice over the past 7 years. I create artists books, as well as undertaking commissions, which include visitor books, wedding guest books, travel journals, photo albums and bespoke sketchbooks, for a range of clients and have also developed a dynamic programme of bookbinding and mark making workshops.
I use and teach traditional bookbinding techniques, which I combine with more contemporary processes, using everyday materials and found objects to create one-of-a-kind books. I particularly like the challenge of working with scrap and pre-loved materials, giving them a new lease of life by transforming them into unique and usable books.
I am continually inspired by nature, more specifically the ephemeral quality of water, flora and fauna, which I incorporate into my books through processes such as relief printing, pyrography, cyanotype and eco-dying. I get a real buzz out of sharing my skills and passion for bookbinding and deliver workshops both independently and in collaboration with artists from other disciplines, as well as community organisations, zero wate charities and art institutions. Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, has a rich history of bookbinding and papermaking and I am passionate about keeping this craft alive and relevant – inspiring others to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with creating your own hand-bound books."
From this workshop weekend you can expect -
Passionate and friendly tutors
Serious skills gained, Indigo vat knowledge, Shibori technique, Bookbinding technique
The chance to experiement and get creative without judgement (we believe in creativity for everyone)
Access to a range of specialist tools and materials
Chance to get hands-on with a number of different processes
At least two finished handbound books to take away
A good number of samples on different cloths
An Indigo and bookbinding starter kits so you can continue your creative play at home
A wealth of information on where to source materials and where to go for further inspiration
Good coffee and sweet treats!
Sunshine (ok, we can't promise this but fingers crossed)
We will provide drinks and sweet treats on both days to fuel your creativity but ask that you bring your own packed lunch on both days.
The venue is fully accessible but if you have access requirements, please get in touch so that we can be sure to accommodate.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All material and equipment we will use during the week end is included in the cost of the week end. We will serve coffee and tea and sweet treats but make sure you have lunch with you. If you want to test some specific material with our Indigo Vat feel free to bring some small pieces ready to dye.
I have recently completed a similar weekend course run by Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw (at a different venue). I learnt how to set up and maintain an indigo vat and dyed samples using a variety of different fabrics. We covered various Shibori folding and clamping techniques and the use of everyday materials, such as clothes pegs and jam jar lids, as a resist to produce patterns on the dyed fabric. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and felt that I learnt a lot. I was delighted that I came home with the skills to set up my own vat at home and continue experimenting with the techniques I'd learnt. Elisabeth is a knowledgeable and passionate tutor and made the whole weekend a fun and creative experience. I can't wait to get started on some more indigo dyeing!
Helen - - #19968
This craft course provider has been awarded Bronze status for receiving 1 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.