Wow!! What a busy time!!
It's been non-stop, traveling around England delivering fun workshops this Spring!
I’ve been to a plethora of fantastic places, including several Soho Houses and the wonderful Bristol Textile Quarter. It's been a treat to work in these places and meet so many amazing people!
Electric House was the first location this Spring and I had a lovely time teaching a small group the art of bundle dyeing with rose petals, calendula and logwood.
At Babington House, we had a very pleasant plant identification walk around the gardens, before making some awesome Shibori T-shirts, made with fair-trade organic cotton, using local plant dyes, including onion, eucalyptus and nettle.
A week later myself, and my lovely assistant Lauren, were at Soho Works in Shoreditch to teach the same technique again, this time using lengths of organic British Silk.
We loved being in this cool space surrounded by textile machinery and the minimal white backdrop. What a location!
I had some time out, to digest all of these wonderful experiences while walking the Exmoor coastal path, among beautiful glowing gorse flowers, then it was back on the road. Next stop Hawkwood College for their Open Day, to talk about bundle dyeing and local flowers. And then on to Soho Farmhouse, in Oxfordshire, for a new one: Hapa-zome printing with flowers and leaves!
After this we had our second Selvedge Magazine workshop, this time using Shibori with local plant dyes. I’m thrilled by what everyone made!!
Check out these beauties!!
It was an utter delight to then offer the first Botanical Inks Hen Party workshop for a beautiful gathering of ladies, in Bristol, in their glorious flower-filled Georgian garden on a sun-filled Saturday afternoon. A dreamy experience which will linger with me for a long time...Picking blooms from the trees and hedges, to throw into silk bundles for steaming, while enjoying a cream tea in the sun...Served by naked butlers…Hah! Such fun!
And then we were back at Shoreditch House last weekend, to teach bundle dyeing again!
Its been amazing to visit all these incredible places and meet such inspiring and lovely people at every turn!
Thank you so much to all of the hosts, who welcomed us in to share these craft skills with their communities. It’s been a total delight..!!!
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Looking forward to more on our Summer Tour!!
We’re visiting The Lammas Project in Wales, June 3+4, to teach field to fabric bundle dyeing: foraging plants from one of the resident’s gardens to make natural mordants and plant dye printed silks. More info here.
We then have the great honor of hosting master indigo dyer, Aboubakar Fofana, June 6-17, to teach an intensive 10-day fermented indigo dye course! More info on this here.
Look out for more info on the Botanical Inks Summer Tour coming soon!
With love, Babs xx