This workshop is a beautifully relaxing and fulfilling day of learning how plants from your everyday environment can produce the most incredible colours and patterns on fabrics. Using only fallen leaves we will make the most fragile and dazzling leaf imprints on silk and merino that are a beautiful ethical fashion statement.
This workshop is curated by Ari. She demonstrates techniques that can enhance other artistic practices such as paper making, felting, wood art, wool art and other forms of textile art.
Te Reo sums it in the word - Kaitiakitanga. Everything we do in life has to be done sustainably, casting thought for the future. 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:
- Selecting 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 the colour in different ways
- Lots of fun, laughter, beauty and amazement
Your dye Kit contains:
- Silk scarf 1m long x25cm wide
- Cotton ribbon
- Wool yarn
- Watercolour Paper
- Plain paper
What to bring: Lunch or a snack, we have a kettle at the workshop. Alternatively, food and drinks can be purchased from any of the wonderful cafes in The Welder.
Participants must be aged 16 or over and under 18's must be accompanied by an appropriate, paying parent or guardian.
Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Workshops are subject to minimum numbers for the event to progress. You will be notified by either email or text if we need to cancel.
Tickets are refundable with 7 days notice prior to the event, otherwise, no refunds may be given. If you are unable to attend the session, you may transfer your ticket to a different workshop, please notify the organiser if this is the case.