About the Course
Adopt the pace of nature as you forage local, seasonal dye plants for the vat along with beautiful shaped and textured foliage to print on to paper and fabric. Eco-printing is a wonderful technique that records the unique signature of a leaf or flower, creating a lasting record of a time and place.
During this one day event you will try a variety of folding and bundling techniques and will use both natural dye and iron blankets on fabric and paper.
After booking and prior to the event, you will be sent a complementary list of plants to consider along with guidelines for foraging.
During the workshop you will make a simple concertina book from your paper samples and will leave with a selection of silk noil fabric samples along with instructions showing you how to stitch them into a memory apron at home should you wish.
If you have special flowers from a bouquet or your garden that you’d like to include please bring them with you although you are entirely responsible for researching varieties to ensure they are safe to use beforehand.
About The Wild Dyery...
The Wild Dyery is a textile design and training company founded by natural dyer and teacher, Justine Aldersey-Williams. We pattern ethically sourced cloth by hand at our studio in Hoylake, Wirral, England, using traditional resist techniques including shibori, block printing and screen printing. Our textiles are then dyed using flowers, bark, roots and leaves, imbuing the fabric with resonant colour and an ethical provenance. We create a range of home textiles, ‘dye it yourself’ kits and accessories which sell online, at craft events and through retailers. Our products, workshops and e courses aim to help preserve this heritage craft whilst promoting sustainable eco-textiles. We also showcase the work of other artists and makers using heritage, sustainable or upcycled materials and offer a variety of guest workshops in natural crafts.
About Your Teacher...
Justine Aldersey-Williams is the designer, maker and owner of The Wild Dyery. She hand-dyes all items and teaches both live and online courses in sustainable fabric dyeing techniques. Justine qualified as a teacher in 1998 and has since taught extensively to schools, universities and crafts groups. She completed an MA in 2013 and has exhibited her work at New Designers, Indigo Paris and Rio. She lives on the Wirral peninsula in England with her husband and two teenage children and is also a yoga teacher.
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?
* ready to dye silk fabric
* watercolour paper
* natural dyes
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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