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Intro to Natural Dyeing Workshop


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Introduction to Natural Dyeing

In this workshop, your guide, Anne Foy, will show you what delicate colours can be obtained from nature's gifts around us - kitchen waste, garden clippings, bush foraging, the local barrista's clean-up - the options are endless! Together, you will also look at strong traditional dye extracts.

The emphasis on this workshop will be on dyeing small pieces of wool and silk fabrics and threads to stitch a slow 'local' cloth. Of course, you can dye larger pieces or garments at home afterwards.

While the dyepots simmer, the group will start to stitch a small project and discuss historical and contemporary natural dyeing.

Why Natural Dyeing?

YES it takes longer than chemical dyeing 

YES colours do fade (some more than others) With care you can enjoy these 'living' colours for a long time. Using natural dyes makes us aware of seasonal changes. We avoid handling chemicals which have an effect on both the user, the wearer and our earth.

What is Included?

The vast dyeing knowledge passed on to you by an experienced and well-travelled guide.

Previosuly dyed wool fabric for the base of your needlecase project.

Already prepared dyepots so that  the time spent waiting for dye process to complete is minimised.

Pre-mordanted fabric and yarns to dye yourself in colours of your chossing. (A mordant, or dye fixative, is a substance used to set or bind dyes on fabrics).

Silk and wool yarns and assorted fabrics for embellishment of your project.

You will leave with your needlecase project to complete at home, wet fragments from your dyepots, and (hopefully) inspiration to continue natural dyeing at home.

An overall relaxing, learning experience with other nature-lovers.

And, of course, socialising over Wine and Cheese!

What you'll Learn

Learn what can be used in the natural dyeing process.

Cover all the basics to get you started and skyrocket your inspiration in natural dyeing.

The skills to dye naturally again and again!

How to embelish your project

What do you need to bring?

An apron and/or wear comfortable clothes which can be splashed on.

Closed in shoes.

Do you need any experience?

This is a beginner's class so no experience is required. All ages welcome (although please keep in mind hot water is involved).

Introducing your Guide into the world of Natural Dyeing:

Hi, my name is Anne Foy and I have explored various textile techniques over the years (some of them quite toxic). I have been drawn to the importance of chemical-free dyeing which has led me to travel widely to learn from people who have dedicated years to researching traditional dyeing. This includes in:

  • 2014 - Claudy Jongsta in Holland
  • 2015 - Aboubakar Fofana (from Mali / Paris) in Sydney
  • 2016 - the World Shibori Symposium in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 2017 - Irit Dulman (from Israel) in Spain

I work from my home studio using natural dyes with shibori, felting, eco-painting and spinning raw fibres.

The Details:

When:  Friday 9th February 2018 - 6pm - 9.30pm

Where: Upcycle Studio at Precinct 75, Suite 8.02, 70 Edith Street, St Peters, NSW, 2044.

You can enter via 70 Edith Street or 75 Mary Street, however the Studio is closer to the Edith Street entrance. The Studio is on the ground level of Building 8.

Parking: For weekend or day workshops, parking is available both on Edith Street and on-site, behind Building 8 in Precinct 75's main carpark.

For weekday evening workshops, it is recommended to park in the onsite carpark mentioned previously as the Edith Street entrance gates get locked of an evening so you may have a long walk around the outside of the Precinct if you parked on Edith Street.

Uber / Taxi: Ubers, Taxis and Hire Cars can drop you off at either our 70 Edith Street or 75 Mary Street entries. Taxis and Hire cars are always close by, simply choose 70 Edith Street or 75 Mary Street, St Peters when you order a pick up. (Upcycle Studio is closer to the 70 Edith Street entance)

Train: Approx. 6-12 min walk (950 meters) from Sydenham Station or approx. 10-13 min walk (1.1 km) from St Peters Station.

Bus: Buses run regularly along the Princes Hwy and stop near the other end of Edith St, and is a short walk from there to Precinct 75.

Cycling: For cyclists, there are dedicated bike racks in four easy to find locations throughout Precinct 75.

Wheelchair accessible: Yes, the Studio is on the ground level with a ramp down into the room.

Toilets available: Yes, located very close to our Studio entrance.

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