Natural dyes in the textile sector take approximately only 1% due to certain technical and sustainability aspects involved in production and application.
Using what is available in abundance with methods that are unchanged for decades we can undo some of the fashion makings damage.
Chemical dyes and fixatives may be handled with care but they still wash into our water.
Fashion is our social skin, it manifests our market trends as well as our beliefs. Come and make your own eco-printed creation!
Maker: Ari Senior – architect, artist. Ari grew up with two grandmothers who taught her most of the arts and crafts she knows today. Living in a remote land fostered her respect for natural resources.
Made Christchurch her home in 2002. She currently works on the Christchurch rebuild and involved with heritage buildings.
Ari has a degree in architecture from Russia. Her work experience includes architectural studio, graphic design and theatre decor.
Recycling, conservation, sustainability. Te Reo sums it in the word - Kaitiakitanga. Everything we do in life has to be done sustainably, casting thoughts to the future.
What we will do: We will rummage through a collected windfall of the forest and select our dye ingredients. Make your own eco-printed Merino panel (length enough for a scarf and a set of gloves), a permanent wearable impression of your learnings.
We will write down easy to make and use at home recopies and talk about the differences between natural and eco dyes.
What we will learn: how to keep seaweed lace imprint on natural fibre, how to extract organic colours from fallen leaves.
What is included in the workshop: one Merino fabric panel, silk and cotton /linen fabric ribbons. This varied range of fibres will allow you to experiment and see how different fabrics absorb the natural dyestuff.
You will make a book to take home with written down recopies.
I believe that our future depends much on our kids' knowledge, so if you want to bring a kid alone - it's free! One child per paying adult. Kids will observe, spend special time with you and learn.
Please tick the free child ticket on check out.
Places are limited to ensure you get the most out of your experience.
Bring a friend ticket option available.
Participants must be aged 16 or over and under 18's must be accompanied by an appropriate, paying parent or guardian.
For any additional information please check Instagram: Bluegum Fibres, or Facebook messenger.
I also run separate Print on Paper workshops on the 8th & 29th August, for paper artists of all calibres!
Where: The Art Centre - The Makers Workshop room, entrance from crn Herrofrd st and Rolleston Ave.