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Indigo blue, print and stitch a weekend creative retreat in Glasgow

Boro creative work with Indigo dyed samples

Duration: Two days (10 am to 4pm)

Price: £165

Book with: Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw
at The Lansdowne House of Stencils

20 lansdowne Crescent
Glasgow
Strathclyde
G20 6NG

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About the Course

Join Textile Artist Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw for a hands-on weekend exploring the creative potential of Indigo dye and bookbinding.

Our base for the two days will be my fabulous Victorian Kitchen studio in Kelvinbridge Glasgow - easily accessible by car and public transport.

Over the weekend we'll be taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape and treasures gathered by Elisabeth during her travels in Asia, and work with Natural Indigo Dye.

We will learn to set up a Natural Indigo vat (and maintain it) and a pre-reduced for quick access. We will experiment with dyeing a selection of cloth (Silk, Wool, Cotton and Linen) and create Shibori Pattern using unique fold and clamp patterns. We will also experiment with reducing Indigo to a printing paste and hand made "calligraphy" pens. We will stitch on day two some of our most beautiful prints into a memorable journal of achievement.


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 artist...
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.

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 not suitable for wheel chair as stairs have to be negotiated.

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 weekend is included in the cost of the weekend. 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. It might be worth exchanging about it before hand by email.



Want to review this course?

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!

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 22nd February 2020

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends

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