Natural Fabric Dyeing: Eco Colour, Print and Pattern - 12 week ONLINE TRAINING

Natural Fabric Dyeing: Eco Colour, Print and Pattern - 12 week ONLINE TRAINING

Duration: 12 weeks

Price: £499

Run by: The Wild Dyery

Contact: Justine Aldersey-Williams

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About the Course

Join the eco colour revolution!

This comprehensive 12 week online course is a one-stop resource for anyone wishing to learn about the ancient craft of natural fabric dyeing.

From the core skills needed to create a full spectrum of dyes using just three heritage plants, to printing your own designs using sustainable, locally foraged colours, you'll discover the exciting potential of botanical dyeing in the comfort of your own home.

Our course is split into 3 modules of 4 weeks duration delivered over 12 months. You're free to take just one module or all three in sequence.

Whether you're a craft enthusiast wishing to share some educational fun with your children or a textile professional wanting to transition your practice towards more sustainable materials, we cover it all in engaging lessons which include videos, exclusive interviews with industry professionals, downloadable handouts and access to our private members community.

This course is for you if…
* You LOVE textiles but also love the environment and want to learn how to work creatively in a way that celebrates nature
* You're looking for quality tuition from a qualified teacher with over 20 years experience
* You'd like to be a part of a global network of natural dyers who can support your learning
* You feel passionate about contributing to a more sustainable planet
* You're ready to immerse yourself in the ancient skills our ancestors practised for generations before us
* You'd like to get outside and experience the PURE MAGIC of releasing the beautiful colours hidden within 'weeds' foraged from your local area
* You'd like to re-wild your life and creativity by deepening your connection with nature

***FIRST RUN BETA TEST STUDENTS ARE GETTING 20-30% DISCOUNT BUT PLACES ARE LIMITED***

Our standard module price upon general release will be £245 meaning to take the complete training (without multiple module discount) will cost £735. During our beta testing phase you can study all three modules for £499. That's almost a THIRD OFF! This will only be available on a first come first served basis to a small number of testers so if you're interested please sign up now by choosing Option 1 on our shop page N.B. You can also spread the cost by paying in instalments (click the second 'buy it now button' under Option 1) and pay an initial fee of just £199 for the entire training followed by 3 x monthly instalments of £100.

This 12 week comprehensive introduction to natural fabric dyeing comprises 3 x 4 week modules starting:-

Module 1: Eco Colour - Monday 20th March 2017
Module 2: Eco Print - Monday 26th June 2017
Module 3: Eco Pattern - Monday 2nd October 2017

This is a semi-live online training meaning the interactive content is delivered to you on a daily basis, allowing you plenty of time to complete practical projects in between. It's inspiring and motivating to work along with a group of like-minded students but there's no pressure to complete tasks on time and you're also free to work along at your own pace as you'll have extended access to the site for 5 months after the end of each module.

MODULE 1

Gives you a solid foundation of core skills necessary to practise natural fabric dyeing safely and successfully as either a hobby or profession.

In this first 4 week module there’s a rich mix of fascinating historical information to contextualise your study along with inspiration from industry professionals and super clear video tutorials.

You’ll discover the secret to colour and light fastness whilst creating a rainbow of fabric dyes from just three plants. You’ll play with ancient Japanese Shibori patterning techniques before working on a final project.

As part of our private facebook community of international students, you’ll have a network of friends to support and inspire you. Together, we can galvanise and raise awareness about sustainable colour, hopefully making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of ourselves and the planet.

My aim is for you to experience not only the pure joy of finding hidden colour treasures within plants but also to understand the significance this craft has had in the past and could have in future.

This is an amazing subject with an inspiring heritage that you’re going to feel proud to be a part of!

MODULE 2

After understanding the theory and practice of natural colour creation in the first module, Module 2 offers you a chance to begin deepening your connection to your materials by foraging for local dye plants to use in unique fabric and paper eco prints.

In this second 4 week course you’re given more opportunities to step away from technology as you get outside and discover the wide variety of amazing plants that can be used for their colour, shape and texture.

By foraging in your local environment and discovering new uses for plants you may have previously walked past, you’ll increase your sense of reverence for nature and will bring your previous learning to life by developing your knowledge and ability to safely identify your local flora.

You’ll discover the secret to crisp, clear and colourful eco prints whilst embracing the serendipity of co-creating with nature. There’s nothing quite like the excitement and anticipation you’ll feel whilst unwrapping your first magical bundle of leaves and fabric or the awe when you realise you just helped a flower record its unique imprint onto cloth.

As part of our private Facebook community of international students, you’ll have a network of friends to support and inspire you. Together, we can galvanise and raise awareness about sustainable colour, hopefully making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of ourselves and the planet.

My aim is for you to experience not only the pure joy of finding hidden colour treasures within plants but also for you to mindfully facilitate the unique expression of your local foliage within your work in celebration of a unique moment of time and place. This is slow textiles at it’s most experiential and has therapeutic benefits as well as aesthetic charm.

MODULE 3

After grounding your practice in the core skills of Module 1, then relinquishing control by co-creating with nature in Module 2, Module 3 progresses your development by harnessing both the science and serendipity of plant dyes as you express your unique style through natural and traditional surface pattern design.

In the third of these 4 week courses you’ll be deepening your conversation with nature as you move from facilitating it’s expression, to allowing it to inspire and express yours.

Having foraging for plants in your local area, you’ll enhance your observational skills by spending quality time drawing ‘en plein air’. Regardless of your perceived ability, this time spent deeply concentrating creates a meditative stillness that can unleash your inner artist.

You’ll be given various creative exercises that will enable you to find your own drawing style before being shown how to use your drawings to create repeat patterns on paper. Once designs are finalised you’ll experiment with numerous lo-tech, traditional printing techniques that make creating patterns on fabric with natural dyes an accessible possibility in your own home.

As part of our private Facebook community of international students, you’ll have a network of friends to support and inspire you. Together, we can galvanise and raise awareness about sustainable colour, hopefully making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of ourselves and the planet.

My aim is for you to experience not only the pure joy of creating with natural materials but also for you to begin co-creating and expressing your unique interpretations of your local environment in patterns on fabric.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

We provide all the instructional materials. You will need to source your own utensils, fabrics, paper and dyes for each module. As soon as you sign up to a module, you’ll receive our exclusive ‘Little Black Book’ of suppliers which is an amazing resource and a closely guarded secret for most designers! We’ll also give you ideas about how you can upcycle materials to save money. It is not necessary to buy a lot of equipment and we encourage everyone to scour second hand or thrift shops for fabric and old pots and pans. This does not need to be an expensive craft. Some of the dyes you will use can be foraged freely from your local region. This is part of the charm of heritage crafts from an era when being economical was a necessity (as for most of us it still is!) You will of course need access to a computer to receive our digital classes and a camera to record your process and share with your new online community.



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