Come and make your own eco-printed creation using shore resources.
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.
China now accounts for 40–45% of world consumption of synthetic dyes. “During the dyeing process, an average t-shirt will use 16-20 litres of water. 80% of the dye is retained by the fabric and the rest is flushed out. The global textile industry discharges 40,000 – 50,000 tons of dye into the water system and Europe discharges 200,000 tons of salt”. - Cambridge University, Well Dressed report.
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.
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.
We will be joined by a guest artist Briar Cook! Briar has done a lot of eco-dyeing on various upcycled cellulose fibres. She will share her tips on choosing items and ways of dyeing them to prolong their use!
What we will do: We will go for a mindful walk into the forest and out on the beach to collect our dye ingredients. Make your own eco-printed Merino scarf with seaweed, a permanent wearable impression of your sea forest walk.
What we will learn: how to keep seaweed lace imprint on natural fibre, how to extract organic colours from fallen leaves.
What to bring: Lunch, snack.
What is included in the workshop: one Merino scarf 35cmx1m, cotton T-shirt, linen ribbons. This varied range of fibres will allow you to experiment and see how different fabrics absorb the natural dyestuff.
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 make a paper print.
Please tick the free child ticket on check out.
Meet outside the Holiday Park's Cafe.
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