Natural dyes in the textile sector take approximately only 1 % due to certain technical and sustainability aspects involved in production and application.
We will use only fallen leaves. Fragile and most dazzling leaf imprints on silk and merino are a beautiful ethical fashion statement.
Te Reo sums it in the word - Kaitiakitanga. Everything we do in life has to be done sustainably, casting thought for the future.
This workshop is curated by Ari.
Ari demonstrates techniques that can enhance other artistic practices such as paper making, felting,
wood art, wool art and other forms of textile art, but it can also be a beautifully relaxing and fulfilling day of learning how plants from your everyday environment can produce the most incredible colours and patterns on fabrics.
Ari’s work is strongly founded in concepts of recycling, conservation and sustainability. Only vegetation
that has fallen to the ground is collected and used for her dyes.
She builds on ancient and traditional knowledge she learned as a child from her grandmother in Siberia and has spent years experimenting with local flora to create similar and spectacular results. Ari generously shares these methods with us as in detail as well as tips and secrets that she has honed over years of practice and research.
This workshop will involve:
- Walking and collecting the materials we will later use for dying our fabrics
- Demonstrations and talks by Ari on how and why the dyes work
- Viewing of samples made with a variety of plants, barks and berries
- Dying different types of fabric to show how they absorb colour in different ways
- Lots of fun, laughter, beauty and amazement
All materials will be provided, and you will be able to take home (freshly eco-dyed): a pure New Zealand Merino wool scarf (440cmX1200cm approx.)
Places are limited to ensure you get the most out of your experience.
Participants must be aged 16 or over and under 18's must be accompanied by an appropriate, paying parent or guardian.
What to bring: lunch or snack, we have a kettle at the workshop.
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