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Natural dye and ecoprint course - a magical introduction to using plant dyes and leaf contact print

Ecoprint Silk samples

Duration: 2 days

Price: £165

Contact: Amanda Duke at Amanda Duke Make Art

Sussex Prairie Garden
Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road
Near Henfield
West Sussex

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Thursday 30th July 2020
Friday 31st July 2020
Saturday 1st August 2020
Sunday 2nd August 2020

About the Course

Day 1 Natural Dyeing-an introduction : Natural dyes or colourants derived from plants, invertebrates or minerals. The majority of natural dyes are vegetable dyes from plant sources – roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood and other biological sources such as fungi and lichens. You will make a series of samples and document/record/label your findings. The aim will be to equip you with sufficient skills to get started at home should you wish to.

Day 2 Eco-print is a fascinating way of printing onto fabric. You will use flowers and leaves from the Prairie gardens in a contact print method that allows them to transfer their colour, texture and patterns. The effects and results you can get from a range of plants is fascinating. This course is an exploration into the surprising and exciting effects that can be achieved by wrapping plants in cloth and processing the bundles through a simmer or steam process. You will make a few practise bundles before bundling a full-sized silk scarf.

If you would like to find out about early bird discounts or to book this course please contact me.

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What's included in the price?

Relaxed and informal yet busy and productive. Take a break whenever you wish and there will be refreshments available from the cafe.

Other notes: Amanda has found in the past that students have very different rates of productivity when preparing and dyeing their samples. You will work at your own comfortable speed.

All dye stuffs will be supplied and a charge of £25 for the pre mordanted scarf and all fabric to use on the days is included in the price quoted.

Want to review this course?

An excellent workshop. The tutor had clearly spent a lot of time researching and experimenting with Eco printing and had considered how best to impart her knowledge to the course participants in a way that encouraged and enabled us to learn for ourselves and from each other.

The two day workshop format with a break in between and a chance to read her pdf information works very well. I was grateful for the opportunity to reflect on the process and think about what I wanted to do in the second session.

I also really appreciated being taught how to tie a non slip knot!

- - #23613

Response from Amanda Duke Make Art:

Thank you so much Sheila. I am so glad you enjoyed day 1 and are looking forward to day 2. Your flexibility, enthusiasm and sense of fun are just what any course leader wishes for to make a course run so well. I look forward to revealing your Ecoprint results on Wednesday and hope to see you again sometime.
Best wishes,

It has been an awe inspiring course. There is a magic about waiting for the whole process to dry which lasts a week.

The process has been well explained and those on the course have been shown portfolios linked to this process which supports the whole course.

I have enjoyed the course so much I would love to do it again. I would recommend this course and the teacher.

- - #23563

Response from Amanda Duke Make Art:

Thanks Kerry, I could not have wished for a more enthusiastic student. I look forward to seeing you again next week.

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