About the Course
Natural dyes have been used for centuries to create intricate patterns on fabric. This heritage craft almost died out due to the introduction of synthetic colours and mechanisation during the Industrial Revolution. However, with global pollution reaching epidemic levels, this ancient skill is experiencing a renaissance.
In this one day workshop you will discover how to re-use and upcycle old textiles using natural dye pastes along with a variety of hand printing techniques. You’ll mono print with foraged plants, create simple screen prints and use traditional Indian blocks, leaving with your own sustainable fabric wrapping cloths and papers.
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.
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What's included in the price?
* ½ metre2 pre-scoured and pre-mordanted cotton
* 9 x A5 pre-scoured and pre-mordanted cotton samples
* 3 x sheets of A2 paper
* multiple dye pastes
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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