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Forage and make natural dyes. Learn contemporary traditional printmaking techniques using locally-grown organic textiles + paper

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Apr
25
May 24

SOLD OUT!! - 5 WEEK COURSE: An Introduction to Natural Dyeing Techniques @Plymouth College Of Art

  • Plymouth College of Art

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5 Week Natural Dyes Course, from Botanical Inks founder, Babs Behan.

For those looking to broaden their understanding and experience of using natural dyes to ecologically transform textiles with colour and a range of contemporary traditional printmaking techniques. The course provides a platform for transitioning to using more sustainable processes and is unlike any other currently on offer in the UK.

This course teaches the full plant to print journey, looking at how to identify, harvest and responsibly source natural dyes. How to extract colour from plants and make dyes, natural mordants and modifiers, to dye meterage of cloth and paper, using the hot or cold dye pot technique for adjective and substantive dyes, and also vat dyeing with indigo. Along with a range of surface application techniques, which complement the natural materials and have a minimal impact on the environment. Including block printing, screen printing, bundle dyeing, Hapazome printing and Shibori resist dyeing.

Only organic and recycled materials are used in these classes, and no toxic, synthetic chemicals or heavy metals whatsoever, as part of a non-toxic, closed-loop, creative practice using renewable natural materials.

Each week provides an introduction to a different natural dyeing technique.

Week 1: The Art Of Natural Dyes: sourcing+harvesting, dye extraction techniques (hot/cold/solar/all-in-one), dye techniques (hot, cold and solar) for adjective, substantive and vat dyes, mordanting and modifying with plant and mineral materials. Make a collection of colour swatch samples with different natural fibre textiles. Dye a length of cloth. Finishing and after care.

Week 2: Shibori with natural dyes. Learn how to create repeat patterns with resist dyeing, inspired by the ancient art of Japanese Shibori. Using reclaimed wooden blocks, clamps, string, bands and thread, you will practice a range of techniques to create different patterns. In the morning you will make a collection of samples showing different techniques to create different patters. A final piece will be made at the end of the day, using a length of cloth to make a shibori dyed scarf with your preferred technique.

Week 3: Bundle dyeing + Hapazome with flowers and plants. Including organically grown flowers, vegetables, waste foods, locally grown and foraged plants, traditional dye pigments and powders. Make a series of colour and pattern test swatch samples followed by a final piece on a 1m length of organically grown British silk.

Week 4: Block Printing with natural dyes.In the first half of the day we look at how block printing has been used historically and in contemporary craft. We will also look at indigenous block printing styles around the globe which use natural dye inks. After this we mix up our printing inks and design and carve printing blocks. You will practise the print process on a variety of textiles, to understand how they behave differently and to test a few different colours. You will have a collection of swatches to keep. Finally, you will print your own length of cloth using your choice of ink colour.

Week 5: Screen Printing with natural dyes. We will start with an induction to using the screen printing studio. Following this, you will prepare your textiles for printing and be shown how to mix your own screen printing inks with natural dyes and plant starches. There will be some design time, to draw and cut paper stencils for printmaking with. You will make some colour test swatches with different textiles and finally print your own length of fabric using your stencil design.

Notes: A length of organic British silk, or other natural fibre cloth, will be provided and included in each class for each participant to use. There will also be more available to buy at an additional cost, (Organic British grown silk is available at £28 per metre, or by the 1/2 metre).

Dates: 25/04/17 + 02/05/17 + 09/05/17 + 16/05/17 + 23/05/17

Times: 6-9pm each evening.

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May
18
6:00 pm18:00

SELVEDGE MAGAZINE: Bundle Dyeing With Flowers + Plants: Bristol

  • Bristol Textile Quarter

A contemporary technique for creating mesmerising patterns and colour on cloth, without the need for extraction or the dye pot.

Learn how to use the a simple bind and steam technique to create your own unique designs, using no toxic, synthetic chemicals or heavy metals, as part of a sustainable creative practice. Choose from a variety of dried and fresh flowers and plants to achieve a range of colours, explore intuitive herbalism, flower symbolism and natural dyeing. 

Leave with the skills to make your own bundle dyed items and with a beautifully hand-dyed length of organic British silk, with which you may make a scarf, cushion cover or other project.

Price: £55

A length of pre-mordanted organic British silk will be provided and included in the class for you to use and there will also be more silk available to buy at an additional cost, at £28 per metre, also available by the 1/2 metre.

May
28
6:00 pm18:00

SOLD OUT!! - Bundle Dyeing Ritual with Spring Flowers + Plant Materials. LONDON

  • Textiles Hub London

Enjoy an evening of dye plant magic, with Spring's offerings of flowers and leaves, to create herbal infused textile prints.

Learn the process for direct application of botanical dye colour, from plant materials into cloth, using a simple steaming technique. Discover some of the healing qualities of the plants we work with and how they can affect our mood, health and wellness.

Create a unique length of Botanical Inks printed cloth, using a special organic, British-grown silk (Vegan Organic British "Peace Silk" available by request). To make into a scarf, pillow case, ribbons or other creative project.

You will leave with the knowledge and skills required to make your own bundle-dyed items again, using simple equipment which may be found in your kitchen at home.

Price: £55 Includes all dye materials + a length of organic British-grown silk (50 x 140cm)

Herbal teas and raw cake will will be served and included in the cost.

May
30
Jul 25

Screen Printing With Natural Dyes: Intro To Ink-Making (Monthly)

  • Botanical Inks Studio
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Learn the basics of screen printing with natural dyes in these monthly evening classes at the Botanical Inks studio, in Bristol's Old Market quarter, with Botanical Inks founder, Babs Behan.

We will look at recipes for mixing natural dye screen printing inks, using 100% plant materials, to create colourfast prints.

Once you have mastered the ink-making process, you will practise screen printing with the inks, to make a collection of print samples to take away with you and begin your natural dye screen printing journey.

 

Some experience of screen printing will be necessary, to take part in this class.

Limited places available.

Choose from the following dates:

30/05/17 : 6-9pm

29/06/17 : 6-9pm

25/07/17 : 6-9pm

Price: £65

Jun
13
10:00 am10:00

Bundle-Dyeing with Moat Farm Flowers, Suffolk

  • Moat Farm

A full day workshop, harvesting flowers from Moat Farm to imprint cloth with contemporary kaleidoscopic pattens and herbal essences, using the bundle-dye technique and a beautiful organic British-grown haboutai silk.

You may use your unique natural dye printed silk for making a scarf, cushion cover, ribbons, clothing or other creative project.

Bundle dyeing is an innovative process which by-passes the need for the dye pot, allowing for the direct transfer of plant dyes and their healing herbal qualities into cloth.

Using intuitive herbalism, we will make healing textiles aligned with each individual's needs.

With plant vinegars, steam and a variety of simple fold and bind techniques, a range of patterns can be achieved.

Along with gaining a new skill which you can repeat again and again for yourself, you will learn about intuitive herbalism, plant symbolism, natural dyeing, responsible foraging for local dyes and mordants, ceremonial textiles, and you will take away with you a beautifully natural dye printed silk cloth.

A lunch will be provided by Moat Farm Flowers and and included in the cost, along with all materials and a 50 x l40cm piece of organic British grown haboutai silk.

There will be additional meterage of the silk available for extra purchases in class.

Price: £110 per person, including lunch and a length of organic British grown silk.

Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

SELVEDGE MAGAZINE: Creative Natural Dyes: Bristol

  • Bristol Textile Quarter

Experiment with several contemporary natural dye materials and techniques in one class, to make unusual and exciting botanically printed silks with Babs Behan.

An opportunity to experiment with a range of exciting mediums, including dyes, inks, powder pigments and fresh plant materials, including flowers, leaves and berries. Learn how to use a range of techniques, including bundle dyeing, Shibori tie-dye and mark-making with inks. These techniques will be used together in class to create some unusual natural dye results!

Use Japanese Shibori tie-dyeing to create resist patterns using simple folding and binding techniques, paint and inject botanocal inks into folds of cloth, scatter fresh and dried flower petals into bundles for steaming to release their colour and create direct impressions on cloth. And learn about the joy of using natural materials to create exciting prints and colour on fabrics.

Price: £65

All materials are provided and included in the class, as well as a length of pre-mordanted organic British silk. There will be more silk available to buy at an additional cost, at £28 per metre, also available by the 1/2 metre.

Jun
18
6:00 pm18:00

Bundle Dyeing Ritual With Summer Flowers + Plant Materials. LONDON

  • Textiles Hub London
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Enjoy an evening of dye plant magic, with Summer's offerings of flowers and leaves, to create herbal infused textile prints.

Learn the process for direct application of botanical dye colour, from plant materials into cloth, using a simple steaming technique. Discover some of the healing qualities of the plants we work with and how they can affect our mood, health and wellness.

Create a unique length of Botanical Inks printed cloth, using a special organic, British-grown silk (Vegan Organic British "Peace Silk" available by request). To make into a scarf, pillow case, ribbons or other creative project.

You will leave with the knowledge and skills required to make your own bundle-dyed items again, using simple equipment which may be found in your kitchen at home.

Price: £55 Includes all dye materials + a length of organic British-grown silk (50 x 140cm)

Herbal teas and raw cake will will be served and included in the cost.

Jun
21
10:00 am10:00

Holistic Bundle Dyeing With Flowers @ Daylesford Farm, Gloucs

  • ​Daylesford Farm
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A day of botanical textile dyeing with organic artist/designer Babs Behan (Founder of Botanical Inks).

Fresh flowers, wildcrafted plants and exotic natural dye pigments will be used to imprint cloth with organic abstract patterns, using "bundle-dyeing" - an innovative process which by-passes the need for the dye pot, allowing for the direct transfer of plant dyes and their medicinal qualities into cloth.

Particular flowers, herbs and plant materials are used to achieve a variety of hues, with colour fast results. Each plant offering its own myriad of therapeutic gifts within the dye colours. A selection of which will be provided in class for you to choose to work with, along with a very special, British-grown organic haboutai silk. For making into a scarf, cushion cover, ribbons, clothing or other creative project, infused with herbal essences. Using plant vinegars, steam and a variety of simple fold and bind techniques, a range of repeating and linear patterns can be achieved.

This workshop falls on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and shortest night. A great day for celebrating achievements and blessings, for connecting with nature and acknowledging the sense of abundance at this point in the year.

With our bundle dyed silk, we will be creating a beautiful cloth full of the intentions and healing energies we wish to carry forward to the next Solstice.

Along with gaining a new skill natural dye skill which you can repeat time and again for yourself, you will learn about intuitive herbalism, plant symbolism, natural dyeing, responsible foraging for local dye plants and mordants, ceremonial textiles, mindfulness and you will take away with you a beautifully natural dye printed silk cloth imbued with medicinal plant qualities.

Price: £155

Coffee, lunch and afternoon tea from Daylesford Farm are included in the cost, along with all required materials and a 50 x 140cm piece of organic British grown Haboutai silk. There will be additional meterage of the silk available for purchases in class at an extra cost.

Jul
13
6:00 pm18:00

Herbal Bundle Dyeing @ The Forge, Bristol

  • The Forge
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Would you like to know how to extract dye colours from local flowers and plants to transform your clothes? Do you like learning about plants, textiles and herbalism?

Experience the alchemical process of using botanical dyes from fresh flowers, to transform silk cloth & create herbal infused textile prints.

Join us for an evening with botanical + mineral artist, Babs Behan to discover and enjoy the therapeutic art of eco-printing, using healing flowers and plants to transfer botanical inks, to create direct colour and print on cloth.

Learn the contemporary "bundle dye" process, for direct application of plant dye colour, into cloth, using a simple steaming technique and discover some of the healing qualities of the plants we work with and how they can affect our mood, health and wellness.

Create a unique length of Botanical Inks printed cloth, using a special vegan organic British "peace silk". To make into a scarf, pillow case, ribbons or another creative project of your own. You are also welcome to bring along 100% silk items of your own to up-cycle.

You will leave with the knowledge and skills required to make your own bundle-dyed items again, using simple equipment which may be found in your kitchen at home. And with your own unique, natural dye printed length of silk.

During this workshop you will :

  • Make a length floral dye printed organic British-grown Silk to make a scarf or cushion cover.
  • Contemporary artisan textile craft
  • Luxury sustainable materials inc natural dyes, flower petals, medicinal plants and organic fabrics
  • Learn a new printmaking skill which you can practise again from home with everyday equipment and local flowers and plants
  • Learn about intuitive herbalism and natural dyes

Notes: A length of organic British-grown silk is provided and included in the ticket price. More will also be available for additional purchase. All other materials and equipment are also provided. You may wish to bring an apron or wear clothes which you don't mind getting messy, although the only mess will really be vinegar and flower petals and leaves. You may also wish to bring a notebook or camera to catalogue your creative journey.

A floral based cocktail & organic raw chocolate cake will be served

Price: £49 - £55

Jul
22
10:00 am10:00

Botanical Bundle Dyeing Silk Scarves @ Prema Arts, Gloucs

  • Prema Arts

Create your own eco-printed silk scarf from foraged petals and plant materials in this one-day workshop, inspired and led by mineral artist Babs Behan.

Bundle-dyeing is a contemporary natural dye technique that allows for direct colour transfer from natural materials, without the need for traditional dye extraction.

Spend the morning outdoors and learn to identify local natural dye sources before going on to experiment with folding techniques to create a number of stunning patterns and designs.

A length of silk will be provided to transform into a beautiful coloured scarf, however participants are welcome to bring along any 100% silk textiles or garments to print on to.

£63-68

Jul
27
10:00 am10:00

Organic Silk Printmaking with Fresh Flowers @ Hawkwood College, Stroud.

  • HAWKWOOD COLLEGE

Enjoy a day of foraging organic fresh flowers from the Hawkwood gardens and using them to imprint and fuse floral inks into cloth with this innovative printmaking technique, to make your own herbal infused, and uniquely printed, silk scarf.

In this class you will learn about which plants give colour-fast results, how harvest them responsibly and transfer their botanical colours directly into textiles, using a simple bind and steaming process.

You will also gain an intro to some natural dyeing basics, explore herbalism, plant symbology and gain a meaningful skill you can repeat again and again.

Discover a contemporary form of alchemical printmaking, and make incredible repeat patterns, infused with floral and herbal healing qualities.

A length of organic British-grown silk is provided and included in the cost.

£80 including a delicious lunch and refreshments.

Sep
12
10:30 am10:30

Flower Design & Natural Bundle Dyeing @Vervain Flowers Farm, Worcestershire

  • Vervain

A day of flowers, where you will learn to create striking table centres with India Hurst of Vervain. You will then 'Bundle Dye' your very own table runner with Babs Behan. Babs is a botanical and mineral artist designer and founder of Botanical Inks who is passionate about natural materials and non-toxic processes which are respectful and kind to the Earth.

 

We will begin the day with tea and coffee in the barn where India will talk through the flowers and her process, followed by a short walk around the nursery (where India grows her flowers) and the garden to gather a few final stems for your work.
We will then re-group in the barn, where India will start the class by giving a short demo of a table centre, talking you through different vessels and how she creates shape and form in each one. After this you will then create your table centre. 
We will then break for a three course lunch, which will be served in the garden (weather permitting).

In the afternoon you will create a bundle dyed table runner from organic British silk with Babs Behan. 

A little about the Bundle Dyeing and Babs Behan -

A contemporary natural dye experience using “bundle-dyeing” to extract colour from flower petals and plant materials gathered from the flower farm and transfer them directly into cloth, without the need for the dye pot.

You will create mesmerising colour blends and dreamscape style eco-printed silk cloth, infused with herbal healing qualities, to make into a table runner, complementing your floral display and completing your table centrepiece class with Vervain. 

You will learn to use a simple bind + steam dyeing technique and set colours using only natural materials, as part of a non-toxic creative practice, discovering an ancient herbalist practice of imbuing textiles with medicinal botanicals, gaining a further understanding of the origins of ceremonial natural dyeing and herbalism.

This is not a particularly messy class, however you are very welcome to wear something comfortable which you don't mind getting messy, or to bring an apron.

Babs Behan is a botanical and mineral artist designer, and founder of Botanical Inks. Passionate about natural materials and non-toxic processes which are respectful and kind to the Earth.

More info about Babs Behan's creative practise here.

All materials provided are included in the price, this includes the vase and the length of organic British silk.  

These classes are limited to 15 places.

Please bring a camera or smartphone to photograph your work. 

Workshop Location - Knighton-on-Teme, Worcestershire

Please be aware that the nearest train stations are Ludlow or Kidderminster, both of which are 30 mins drive away. We are happy to help arrange collection from these station but need advanced warning. Please get in touch up to 2 weeks prior to the course date. 

£185.00 inc plant-based lunch


Apr
22
Apr 23

SOLD OUT!! - Screen Printing With Natural Dyes : 2 Day Workshop @ Double Elephant, Exeter

  • Double Elephant Print Workshop,
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A 2-day workshop with visiting artist Babs Behan to introduce you to the art of screen printing using natural dyes, instead of synthetic dyes or inks.

This course will cover natural dye printing ink preparation, using plant dye pigments and plant starches; how to prepare natural fibre cloth for printing on, simple screen printing using paper stencils and finishing fabrics for colour-fast results.

This process is designed to offer the most ecological approach to screen printing, without the use of toxic, synthetic chemicals.

A length of organic British-grown silk will be included in the cost, for printing with. You will leave with your own natural dye printed silk to make into a scarf or other item, along with the skills to continue to practice this technique for yourself.

Price: £195

Follow the link below to read more about course content and to book a place.

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Apr
21
10:45 am10:45

SOLD OUT!! ​Block-Printing With Natural Dyes @ The Fashion and Textile Museum, London

  • The Fashion and Textiles Museum

Learn the basics of one of the oldest types of printmaking in this one day workshop with Botanical Inks founder Babs Behan. The workshop will begin with an introductory talk on natural dyes and block printing followed by time in the Josef Frank exhibition to gather inspiration and draw up ideas for print designs. Participants will then cut their blocks before breaking for lunch. In the afternoon there will be time to practice block printing before printing a final piece on calico. Depending on the pace of the class, we may also include some natural dye ink mixing.

Materials and a length of calico will be provided for each participant. Other fabrics will be available to purchase at an additional cost from the tutor, on the day.

Apr
11
10:00 am10:00

Bundle-Dyed Table Runner with Vervain Flowers Worcestershire

  • Vervain Flowers

A day of flowers with Vervain Flowers and Botanical Inks.

Learn to create striking table centres with India Hurst of Vervain then 'Bundle Dye' your very own table runner with Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks. 

We will then use your bundle dyed table runner and floral table centre to style and dress a table, mixing in a selection of fruits and props to create a beautiful striking table-scape for you to photograph.

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“Bundle-dyeing”, is a contemporary natural dye experience using flower petals and plant materials to extract and to transfer colour directly into cloth, without the need for the dye pot.

Learn to use a simple bind + steam dyeing technique and set colours using only natural materials, as part of a non-toxic creative practice. And discover an ancient herbalist practice of imbuing textiles with medicinal botanicals, gaining a further understanding of the origins of ceremonial natural dyeing and herbalism.

Price: £185 Including lunch, all materials + a length of organic British grown silk

This is not a particularly messy class, however, if you feel to wear something comfortable which you don't mind getting messy, or bring an apron, you are very welcome to.

Mar
15
10:45 am10:45

SOLD OUT!! ​Block-Printing With Natural Dyes @ The Fashion and Textile Museum, London

  • ​The Fashion and Textiles Museum

Learn the basics of one of the oldest types of printmaking in this one day workshop with Botanical Inks founder Babs Behan. The workshop will begin with an introductory talk on natural dyes and block printing followed by time in the Josef Frank exhibition to gather inspiration and draw up ideas for print designs. Participants will then cut their blocks before breaking for lunch. In the afternoon there will be time to practice block printing before printing a final piece on calico. Depending on the pace of the class, we may also include some natural dye ink mixing.

Materials and a length of calico will be provided for each participant. Other fabrics will be available to purchase at an additional cost from the tutor, on the day.

Mar
5
12:00 pm12:00

​Bundle Dyeing Using Botanical Dyes From Juice Waste, With Babs Behan @ Ace Hotel, Shoreditch

  • Ace Hotel

An alchemical natural dye experience using a contemporary “bundle-dye” technique, to extract colour from flower petals, plant materials and recycled juice waste from East London Juice Co. To create incredible “dreamscape” style textile prints, infused with herbal healing qualities.

You will learn to use a simple bind + steam dyeing technique and set colours using only natural materials, as part of a non-toxic creative practice. Create your own eco-printed silk to make into a scarf or cushion cover, and enjoy fragrant teas, juices and superfoods from East London Juice Company. Discover the ancient herbalist practice of imbuing textiles with medicinal botanicals, to then wear close to the skin where their healing qualities can be absorbed, and gain a further understanding of the origins of ceremonial natural dyeing and herbalism.

Price: £65

A length of organic British silk is provided and included in the ticket price, along with a complimentary juice from the East London Juice Company and all dye materials.

This is not a particularly messy class, however, if you feel to wear something comfortable which you don't mind getting messy, or bring an apron, you are very welcome to.

Any additional drinks or food purchased from Ace Hotel on the day must be paid for individually in advance.

 

Jan
14
10:00 am10:00

Bundle Dyeing with Flowers + Plants @ Plymouth College of Art (Full Day)

  • Plymouth College of Art

A contemporary technique for creating mesmerising patterns and colour on cloth, without the need for colour extraction or the dye pot.

Learn how to use this wonderful " Bundle Dyeing" bind and steam technique, to create unique designs, using zero toxic, synthetic chemicals or heavy metals, as part of a sustainable creative practice. Choose from a variety of dried and fresh flowers and plants to achieve a range of colours, explore intuitive herbalism, flower symbolism and natural dyeing. Leave with the skills to make your own bundle dyed items and with a beautifully hand dyed length of organic British silk, with which you may make a scarf, cushion cover or other creative project.

A length of organic British silk will be provided and included in class for you to use, and there will also be more available to buy at an additional cost, at £28 per metre, also available by the 1/2 metre.

Nov
5
10:30 am10:30

BOTANICAL SILK DYEING @ NINETEEN, CLEVEDON.

  • Nineteen

Learn about how to harness environmentally sustainable colour from the local landscape, to dye natural fibres and create exciting repeat patterns using a bundle dye technique.

On this workshop you will transfer colour from flowers, berries, leaves and waste foods, using a simple steaming method. 

All materials are provided, and organic British silk will be available to purchase at an additional cost. 


Nineteen provides Tea and refreshment to all it's workshops.

Oct
28
2:00 pm14:00

EXPERIMENTAL DYE ART USING NATURAL MATERIALS @ THE SAATCHI GALLERY, LONDON

  • The Saatchi Gallery

lnspired by Saatchi Gallery artist Sigrid Holmwood, this workshop provides an opportunity to experiment with a range of exciting natural dyes and pigments- from flowers, berries, roots, leaves, insects and minerals. Learn how to use Japanese Shibori tie-dyeing to create resist patterns using simple folding and binding techniques, inject botanical dyes into folds of cloth, scatter fresh and dried flower petals into bundles for steaming to release their colour and create direct impressions on cloth. Learn about the joy of using natural materials to create exciting prints and colour on fabrics. 

Notes: All materials are provided and included in the cost, including a piece of organic British silk which has been pre-treated with natural mineral salt for aiding colour-fastness, to make into a napkin or other small item. 

Please email education@saatchigallery.com for further information. 

Price: 
Individual ticket: £35
Family of 4 ticket: £120 (1 adult 3 children OR 2 adults 2 children)

Age group: Family workshop, suitable for children & adults alike. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Oct
13
6:30 pm18:30

Eco-Printing with Flowers + Plants: BYO @ CoExist, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol

  • Hamilton House

Eco-printing is an awesome, contemporary traditional surface application technique, which allows you to make direct impressions on cloth, without the need for colour extraction or the dye pot.

In this class you can learn how to transfer colour from flowers, berries, leaves and waste foods, into beautiful repeat patterns using a simple fold, bind and steam method. Create plant based designs using your own fabric samples, small items of clothing or other textile projects. And take away something beautiful along with the skills to repeat the process for yourself again and again.

We recommend bringing a small, pre-washed item, made from 100% silk only, to use with this dye technique.

Notes:  Organic UK-grown silk will be available for additional purchase by the 1/2 metre at £28/metre (140 cm width). Cash only.

Please bring your own silk items to dye with or cash to purchase silk in class.

If bringing large items, please expect to pay an additional contribution and be sure to send an email notification in advance to hello@botanicalinks.com.

You are welcome to bring drinks and snacks.

Full Price: £30 / Concessions: £25

Oct
6
6:30 pm18:30

Indigo + Shibori: BYO @ CoExist, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol.

  • Hamilton House

An exciting opportunity to discover the alchemical process of achieving blue textile colours from plants.

Learn about natural indigo vat dyeing and experiment with a variety of traditional Japanese Shibori fold + bind "resist" pattern making techniques to create beauteous blue and white repeat patterns on cloth. The invitation is to bring your own natural fibre textiles, which must be washed in advance and brought to class damp. (There will also be some organic British silk available in class, for you to purchase at an additional cost). You will leave with an understanding of how to prepare your own vat, using a simple 3-step process, how to prepare, process and finish your cloth for lasting results, and use Shibori to make a range of different patterns, along with your own indigo Shibori dyed item to take away with you.

We recommend bringing a small, pre-washed item, made from 100% natural fibres only, preferably 100% silk for best results, to use with this dye technique.

Notes:  Organic UK-grown silk will be available for additional purchase by the 1/2 metre at £28/metre (140 cm width). Cash only.

Please bring your own items to dye with or cash to purchase silk in class.

If bringing large items, please expect to pay an additional contribution and be sure to send an email notification in advance to hello@botanicalinks.com.

You are welcome to bring drinks and snacks.

Full price: £35/ Concessions: £30

Aug
7
10:00 am10:00

Screen Printing With Natural Dyes: Babs Behan @ East London Printmakers

A full day workshop, 10am-4.30pm, in which you will learn how to screen print with natural dyes, using a simple and ecologically conscious, paper-cut stencil technique. The day will explore natural mordants for setting colours, and plant starches for binders, along with a variety of natural dye pigments. You will experiment with different colours and techniques for using these materials for paper and cloth surfaces, and take away your own natural dye printed organic British silk cloth for making a scarf or other project, along with printed papers, which may be used for wrapping paper or art prints. You will be able to repeat this process again from what you learn in class.

What will I finish the course with?
The knowledge and skill to mix your own natural dye/plant starch printing inks for screen printing onto cloth and paper surfaces. Your own natural dye screen-printed paper art prints and length of organic British silk cloth.

What materials do I need to bring with me?
Sheets of paper and a 50x140cm length of organic British silk cloth will be provided and included in the cost of the workshop. You are also welcome to bring your own pre-scoured natural fibre cloth/garments or paper with you for experimentation on the day.

Jul
29
Jul 30

Bundle Dyeing Workshops @ Port Eliot Festival

Learn how to use fresh local, seasonal flowers and plant materials to create exciting repeat patterns on silk cloth. Make direct impressions from flowers, leaves and buds, using a simple steaming technique and take away the skills to continue practicing this non-toxic, sustainable print-making art from home. Create your own unique, hand printed silk to, make into a napkin or handkerchief.

The class begins with an introduction to the plants and a range of the achievable pattern styles. Choose your pattern style and dye materials and make a one-of-a-kind print, imbued with the special botanicals of your chosen plants.

Discover this simple bundling and steaming method for extracting floral colour and fixing it into cloth with colour fast results. Take the opportunity to learn more about natural dyes, sustainable textile design and the abundance of local plants dyes available here in the UK for artisan dyers to enjoy. Develop your eco-literacy, learn a new artisan craft skill and how to make eco-logical textiles, enjoy some creative time, and take away a beautiful item to use.

This workshop incurs a fee of £20 to cover the costs of materials.

Jul
27
9:30 am09:30

Fabric Printing with Flowers: Babs Behan @ Hawkwood College, Gloucestershire

  • Hawkwood College

A full day course at the wonderful Hawkwood College in Stroud. This beautiful setting will provide great inspiration for a creative day, using flowers and plants which we will select and harvest from the organic gardens and wider grounds of the estate.

The day starts with a foraging walk, to identify and harvest materials for dyeing with, using responsible foraging techniques. You will learn how to transfer colour from flowers, berries, leaves and waste foods, into beautiful repeat patterns using a simple bind and steam method. Create your own bundle dyed length of organic British silk to make a scarf. This fascinating process is done without the use of any toxic, synthetic chemicals or heavy metals.

A home-cooked, delicious and organic (as far as possible) lunch will be served and included in the cost, along with lots of tea and cake. All food requirements can be catered for.

£75 including all materials, lunch, tea and cake.

Accommodation at Hawkwood is also available on request, with advance booking.

Please contact Hawkwood directly for further enquiries and bookings:

tel: 01453759034
info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

http://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk/

Jul
23
10:00 am10:00

Bundle Dyed Organic British Silk: Babs Behan @ HAUSER & WIRTH SOMERSET

  • Hauser & Wirth Somerset

This summer workshop completes the garden series at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. The day will begin with a colour identification walk around Oudolf Field, discussing local plant materials and developing an understanding of using plants for natural dyeing, mordanting and herbalism, along with responsible foraging techniques.

Local textile designer and artist, Babs Behan, will demonstrate the bundle dye technique and provide several options for creating different repeat patterns. You will select your preferred plants based on their colour potential and therapeutic qualities and a pattern style to apply to your length of organic British silk. A simple fold, bind and steam technique is then applied to transfer the botanical inks into the cloth. You will learn how to fix the colours and have long-lasting dye results. By the end of the session everyone will have their own bundle dyed silk which can be used to make a scarf or pillow cover. You will be able to repeat this process again from home, time and again, with your new plant knowledge and contemporary textile skills.

All equipment and materials will be provided and are included in the cost.

Extra pre-mordanted silk is available to purchase on the day.

About Babs Behan

Babs Behan is a botanical and mineral artist, using mineral paints to create large-scale abstract canvas art; and natural dyes for a variety of surface application techniques, without the use of any toxic, synthetic materials or heavy metals, as part of a sustainable creative practice. She teaches workshops across the UK and overseas, to de-mystify these forgotten crafts and spread awareness for the potential of transitioning to non-toxic, plant-based processes in the fashion and textile industries. Babs also co-produces the Bristol Cloth project, the UK’s first locally grown and made cloth in over 100 years, using naturally dyed yarn.

Jun
6
Jun 17

Aboubakar Fofana: 10 Day Intensive 6th-17th June- Fermented Indigo, Powdered Indigo, Mud and Mordanted Dyes. Somerset

 

This is a very intensive 10-day-long workshop which will serve as a comprehensive introduction to dyeing with natural dyes, but is also suitable for people with dyeing experience to extend their repertoire and techniques.  Its main focus is Aboubakar's speciality, the fermented West African indigo dye-vat, made using the whole indigo leaves and fermented over a week to produce a dye of unmatchable colour and fastness. But whilst participants wait for the fermented dye-vat to reach maturity, they will be shown other dyes, including powdered fructose (quick vat) indigo, mineral mud-dye, and a selection from a host of other colours; Possiblities are madder, cochineal, weld, walnut, cutch and others. 

This workshop will be held in the dye studio of Botanical Inks owner, Babs Behan, which is part of rural farmhouse community, in the beautiful natural setting of the Yeo Valley, North Somerset, in the foothills of the Mendip Hills, with views across to Wales from the surrounding hills. The studio is 30 minutes drive from Bristol and 10 minutes drive from Bristol airport. There are lots of accommodation options nearby and regular transport links from Bristol to the airport.

Participants will learn how to set up both kinds of indigo dye-vats, the fermented and the fructose vats, and how to care for them and prolong their lives.  They will then explore the very different process of mineral mud-dyes, before moving on to the traditional set of natural dyes and learning how to extract the dyes from the dyestuff and how to get the best results.  There will be comprehensive explanations of how to prepare textiles for the different types of dyes we will be using, with a bit of chemistry thrown in. Mordants and assists will be explained and demonstrated. Participants will make sample sets for the dyes used, and begin to learn about over-dyeing to create different shades and colours, and simple shibori and resist techniques. By the beginning of the second week, participants will begin to work on a project.  Aboubakar will be on hand at all times to assist and answer questions, and to help participants realise their project. Finally, coming full circle, the fermented indigo vat will be ready to use and we will complete the final stage of the course, tying everything in together and hopefully creating some beautiful and very colourful final projects.

By the end of this workshop, participants should have enough knowledge and confidence to begin working with many of the dyes and the techniques used in this workshop.  The technique of fermented indigo however is one that takes years to master, and currently, the leaves are not readily available, so this part of the workshop should be treated as an exploration of fermented indigo rather than a definitive class.  The fructose indigo vat however works on similar principles and is very easily put together at home. Participants will come away with an understanding of the differing techniques between the two types of indigo vat. Participants will also have several sets of samples, and finally, a larger completed project which should showcase many of the dyes and the techniques studied in the course. 

Each day starts at 10 and finishes at 5.  We will run from Monday to Friday and take the weekend off. There will be a maximum of 9 participants in this workshop. 

Please note also that workshop spaces are non-refundable unless the workshop is full and we can fill your space (we usually can).  We have a required minimum of 6 participants - if we cannot reach this minimum we reserve the right to cancel the workshop and refund your fee. 

A 50% payment option can be offered with the balance due by May 20th. 

To see images of Aboubakar's previous workshops, please have a look at his instagram feed @aboubakarfofana

For enquiries regarding this workshop, please email: workshops@aboubakarfofana.com

May
5
6:00 pm18:00

Shibori Tie-dyeing With Local Plant Dyes

  • Bristol Textile Quarter

Learn the traditional Japanese technique of Shibori fold + clamp resist tie-dyeing, using locally foraged and handmade plant dyes with reclaimed wooden blocks, to create exquisite repeat patterns.

You will get to try a range of pattern style techniques on the organic British silk provided. You are also welcome to bring your own 100% silk textiles or garments to dye with.

The colours created will depend on which dye plants are available at the time, and could include local leaves, bark, roots and some waste food dyes, which may create a range of earth tones, umber, browns, yellowy greens and pale pinks.

For more info, do get in touch at: hello@botanicalinks.com