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Introduction to Resist Dyes for Textiles (Saturdays) - Nottingham Trent University



This course is ideal for anyone who’s never attempted dyeing before. It’s also suitable for those who are familiar with the basics and are looking for an opportunity to develop their personal projects. You’ll be taught a variety of different techniques for manipulating fabrics, and then see how these manipulations influence the way dye penetrates the cloth to produce beautiful patterns. On this course, you’ll learn all about art, meaning and history of shibori – the art of experimenting with cloth and colour to create unique textiles. You’ll explore natural indigo dye and create various surface effects and patterns through repeated folding and tying of fabrics. You’ll experiment with these techniques and produce exciting samples. You’ll stitch, bind, fold, twist and compress fabrics to create an array of unique patterns. In this direct and responsive process, you’ll gain an insight into the many unexpected variables that can affect the outcomes of the process. You’ll elaborate your work by going back into the dyed piece with stitches and mark making. During the course you will: - manipulate fabrics through a series of rhythmic exercises - design and prepare samples using different textiles - learn how to prepare and use indigo dyes - understand how to unpick your work - have a go at simple hand stitching to complement your patterns - look at the history of Shibori, from traditional crafts to contemporary design. What will I gain? By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge of how to approach resist dyes for textiles and samples for your portfolio. Level: Open to all Entry requirement: Beginners, as well as those with experience, are welcome. Where you’ll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus. You'll find bright studios and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and reference. Tutor profile: Jane Lavender has over 30 years of experience working mainly in a range of art and design disciplines, ranging from site-specific design projects, textiles, lighting and more. She completed her MA in Contemporary Craft Practice at Nottingham Trent University in 2014, which explored the energy of making and the signature of the body. Jane’s interests lie in artistic pursuits however simple, and their relationship to well-being and how we connect with others and our environments.

What's included in the price?

Two days of quality tuition from an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion.


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



50 Shakespeare Street, , Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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