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Old Market Manor, Barton Manor
Bristol, BS2 0RL

Artisan natural dye studio, using locally foraged and organically grown natural dyes, bio-regionally sourced cloth and paper and low impact traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques. Offering limited edition gifts, bespoke services and a range of workshops to help creatives transition to using non-toxic practices and connecting communities with Nature using creativity as a medium.

WORKSHOPS

Oct
22
to Oct 23

BRISTOL: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques @ Botanical Inks Studio (INC BUNDLE DYEING)

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Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from whole plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to use flowers and plant materials for bundle dyeing to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - bundle dyeing - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle with bundle dyeing. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and bundle dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: Full Price: £350/ Conc’s: £300 - includes all materials except byo item

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small 100% silk item for up-cycling with bundle dyeing  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day).

Copies of Botanical Inks book are available to purchase at the studio - please bring card or cash.

Places are limited to only 5 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

You will be emailed full info prior to workshop.

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Nov
21
to Nov 22

BRISTOL: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques @ Botanical Inks Studio (INC BUNDLE DYEING)

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Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from whole plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to use flowers and plant materials for bundle dyeing to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - bundle dyeing - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle with bundle dyeing. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and bundle dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: Full Price: £350/ Conc’s: £300 - includes all materials except byo item

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small 100% silk item for up-cycling with bundle dyeing  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day).

Copies of Botanical Inks book are available to purchase at the studio - please bring card or cash.

Places are limited to only 5 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

You will be emailed full info prior to workshop.

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Sep
11
to Sep 12

SOLD OUT: BRISTOL: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques @ Botanical Inks Studio

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Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from whole plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques. to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day 1 will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - making the organic indigo sugar vat - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: Full Price: £300/ Conc’s: £285 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 5 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

You will be emailed full info prior to workshop.

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Aug
13
to Aug 14

SOLD OUT- BRISTOL: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques @ Botanical Inks Studio (inc bunde dyeing instead of indigo)

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Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from whole plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to use flowers and plant materials for bundle dyeing to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - bundle dyeing - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle with bundle dyeing. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and bundle dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: Full Price: £300/ Conc’s: £285 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with bundle dyeing  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 5 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

You will be emailed full info prior to workshop.

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Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

SOMERSET: Bundle Dyeing/ Flower Styling - Full Day Workshop @ Wildly Beautiful Flowers Farm

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Price: £195 inc lunch, tea/coffee/cake and all materials.

Join Babs Behan (Botanical Inks) and Toria Britten (Wildly Beautiful Flowers) for a multi-sensual day of bundle dyeing and flower styling with beautiful seasonal British flowers at Toria’s flower farm in Nempnett Thrubwell, a small village sheltered by the Mendip Hills in Somerset, where her flowers are lovingly grown without the use of chemicals.

Bundle dyeing is a contemporary natural dye technique which allows for the direct transfer of botanical colours from flowers and plant materials into fabric, using a simple bind and steaming technique. A range of folding variations can achieve different pattern ways, a couple of which will be demonstrated in the class. A length of organic British-grown silk is provided and included in the cost of the class. More is also available to purchase on the day for an additional cost.

The day will look like this:

10.00 am Arrival, refreshments and introduction

11.00 am Select flowers and foliage that inspire you for your dyeing and for your bouquet making. There will be a selection of flowers cut especially for you, but you will also have the chance to cut more if you have spotted something you would particularly like to use

11.30 am Silk bundle dyeing practical session. Technique, materials and ideas to help you create your unique bundle dyed British organic silk.

12.30 pm A delicious 2 course lunch and a glass of wine – if you have any special dietary requirements please get in touch

1.15 pm Demonstration of bouquet making, depending on attendees, this will be made using either the traditional spiralling method, a chicken wire egg or taping. While demonstrating your bundles will be steaming!

1.45 pm Your chance to create your own bouquet

2.45 pm Open your bundle dyed silk and reveal your creation and put finishing flourish to your bouquet

3.15 pm Styling your dyed silk with your bouquet and the opportunity to photograph

3.45 pm Review of the day and pack up your silk and flowers to take home

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Jul
3
to Jul 4

BRISTOL: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques @ Botanical Inks Studio (inc bunde dyeing instead of indigo)

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Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from whole plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to use flowers and plant materials for bundle dyeing to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - bundle dyeing - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle with bundle dyeing. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and bundle dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: Full Price: £300/ Conc’s: £285 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with bundle dyeing  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 5 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

You will be emailed full info prior to workshop.

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May
29
to May 30

BRISTOL: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques @ Botanical Inks Studio

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Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from whole plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques. to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - making the organic indigo sugar vat - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: Full Price: £300/ Conc’s: £285 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 5 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

You will be emailed full info prior to workshop.

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May
16
10:00 AM10:00

WARWICKSHIRE: Full Day Bundle Dyeing With Flowers & Local Plants @ Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

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You will be guided through the enchanting process of enveloping petals and plant matter in organic British grown silk cloth, bound and steamed to transfer the botanical inks into silk.

The morning will start with an introduction to some basic natural dye and bundle dyeing theory. Followed by a walk around the grounds to identify and harvest suitable plant materials for using in the practical session.
You will leave with the skills to practice this technique again using simple equipment which may be found in the home. And with your own natural dye eco-printed silk to make into a scarf or other project.

Members and Annual Pass-Holders £90

Non Members £100

Price includes Admission

BOOK NOW Online or Call 01926 645 500

May 16th 10am-4pm

About Compton Verney

Discover the unique delights of Compton Verney in Warwickshire, where there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 120 acres of stunning parkland and lake surround an award-winning art gallery, with a family friendly café and gift shop.

Escape the everyday to wander through our historic ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, marvel at our world-class art exhibitions or have fun in our outdoor adventure playground. All ages are welcome – we’re just 9 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon.

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May
1
to May 2

SOLD OUT: Bristol: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques @ Botanical Inks Studio

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Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from whole plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques. to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - making the organic indigo sugar vat - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: Full Price: £300/ Conc’s: £285 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 5 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

You will be emailed full info prior to workshop.

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Apr
16
to Apr 17

SOLD OUT: Bristol: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques @ Botanical Inks Studio

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Only one space left!

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from whole plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques.to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - making the organic indigo sugar vat - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: Full Price: £285/ Conc’s: £265 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 3 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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Apr
4
1:00 PM13:00

SOLD OUT: Bristol: Bundle Dyeing Workshop @Botanical Inks Studio

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Limited spaces - please book soon to avoid disappointment.

An afternoon of bundle dyeing with fresh flowers at the Botanical Inks natural dye studio in Bristol.

You will be guided through the enchanting process of enveloping petals in organic British grown silk cloth, which is then bound and steamed to transmute the floral inks along with their therapeutic qualities, into the silk.

A length of silk is provided and included in the cost 140cm x 50cm. More is available on the day for additional purchase and online in our shop.

You will leave with the skills to practice this technique again using simple equipment which may be found in the home. And with your own natural dye eco-printed silk to make into a scarf or other project.

For more info contact: hello@botanicalinks.com

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Mar
19
to Mar 20

SOLD OUT: Bristol: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques @ Botanical Inks Studio

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Limited spaces available!

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from whole plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques.to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - making the organic indigo sugar vat - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: Full Price: £285/ Conc’s: £265 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 3 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Bundle Dyeing/ Flower Styling Full Day Workshop

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Join Babs Behan (Botanical Inks) and Toria Bitten (Flowers From The Plot) for a multi-sensual day of bundle dyeing and flower styling with beautiful seasonal flowers at Toria’s flower farm in Nempnett Thrubwell, a small village sheltered by the Mendip Hills, where her flowers are lovingly grown without the use of chemicals.

Bundle dyeing is a contemporary natural dye technique which allows for the direct transfer of botanical colours from flowers and plant materials into fabric, using a simple bind and steaming technique. A range of folding variations can achieve different pattern ways, a couple of which will be demonstrated in the class. A length of organic British-grown silk is provided and included in the cost of the class. More is also available to purchase on the day for an additional cost.

The day will look like this:

10.00 am Arrival, refreshments and introduction

11.00 am Select flowers and foliage that inspire you for your dyeing and for your bouquet making. There will be a selection of flowers cut especially for you, but you will also have the chance to cut more if you have spotted something you would particularly like to use

11.30 am Silk bundle dyeing practical session. Technique, materials and ideas to help you create your unique bundle dyed British organic silk.

12.30 pm A delicious 2 course lunch and a glass of wine – if you have any special dietary requirements please get in touch

1.15 pm Demonstration of bouquet making, depending on attendees, this will be made using either the traditional spiralling method, a chicken wire egg or taping. While demonstrating your bundles will be steaming!

1.45 pm Your chance to create your own bouquet

2.45 pm Open your bundle dyed silk and reveal your creation and put finishing flourish to your bouquet

3.15 pm Styling your dyed silk with your bouquet and the opportunity to photograph

3.45 pm Review of the day and pack up your silk and flowers to take home

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Dec
4
to Dec 5

SOLD OUT Bristol: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques

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Limited spaces available!

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from freshly harvested local plant material, traditional plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques.to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing and using mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks - making the organic indigo sugar vat.

Day 2 will include:

Dyeing pre-mordanted samples with the prepared dyes - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing paper and cloth samples with blocks and paper-cut stencil screen printing screens.

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make other alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Prices: (includes all required materials and handouts).

Full price: £285 / Concessions: £265

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 4 people for an intimate learning experience. They tend to sell out fast, so please ensure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Nov
21
6:00 PM18:00

Tate St Ives: Tate Members Only: ​Bundle Dyed Silk and Block Printed Cards Made With Locally Foraged Plant and Seaweed Dyes

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Location: The Foyle Studio, Tate St. Ives


Learn how to use locally foraged seaweeds and plants to create bundle dyed organic uk-grown peace silk cloth and block printing inks to create a collection of gift cards.


This 3 hour workshop starts with an intro to natural dyeing and the bundle dye process, a demo of a couple of different bundle dye techniques, followed by the practical session. Next we steam the bundles to release their colours and imprint the organic British grown silk. During this time we can have a 10 min tea break and continue with further theory on natural dyeing process before making up some wild crafted inks to use to decorate gift cards.
In the final part of the class we will remove our silks from the steamer, finish them with an iron mordant and go through the finishing instructions.

We end with a closing circle in which each person gets to present what they have
made and we have some group discussion.


Each person has a 50 x 140 cm length of organic British grown silk to make into a scarf and a set of 5 eco-craft gift cards and envelopes.
All of the required materials and equipment will be provided and included in the cost of teh ticket. You may wish to bring gloves or an apron or wear clothes you do not mind getting messy, although this is not a particularly messy class, so this is not essential. A notebook or camera to catalogue your creative journey may also be of use. If you have any additional flowers and leaves you would like to bring to try bundle dyeing with, you are welcome.

 

 

Our ethos is to reconnect people with Nature using creativity as a conduit and to detoxify the creative spheres of our culture.

It has been said that people living in urban spaces spend up to a staggering 90% of their lives indoors, disconnected from nature, plants, animals, the earth and other people.

By using plant dyes as a medium for creative journeys, we allow people to develop their eco-literacy, enabling them to read and interact with the landscape in a new and interesting way. Which can have a significantly soothing and rejuvenating effect on an emotional and physical level.

We are passionate about the environment, and hope that through our work we can offer a viable working model of what a sustainable creative practice looks like.

Our work is concerned with dyeing and printing for textile and paper based mediums, with interest to those from art, design, craft, print, textiles and fashion communities.

It is through developing a relationship with the materials we use to create and craft things - where they come from, how they are grown, processed, used and put back into the earth at the end of their useful life cycle - that we can we build a greater understanding of how they are made, what they are made of, and their impact on people and the environment.

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Nov
11
1:30 PM13:30

London: Festive Floral Dyeing Workshop @ The Barbican (Afternoon)

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There are two separate 2 hour classes running on this day: Choose from 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Use fresh flowers to naturally dye silk in this eco–conscious workshop with artisan dye studio, Botanical Inks.

Learn the contemporary 'bundle dye' process, for the direct application of plant dye colour from flowers and plant materials into cloth with a simple steaming technique.

Create a unique length of Botanical Inks printed cloth, using a special organic British-grown 'peace silk' to make into a scarf, pillowcase, ribbons or another creative project of your own. Getting in the festive spirit, we'll be using special madder red and chlorophyll green dyes, along with a selection of local seasonal plants.

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, and with your own unique, natural dye printed length of silk.

  • All materials are provided

  • No experience required

  • Workshop duration: 2 hours

  • Maximum capacity: 14

  • This workshop has an age restriction of 16+. Participants below the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Nov
11
10:30 AM10:30

London: Festive Floral Dyeing Workshop @ The Barbican (Morning)

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There are two separate 2 hour classes running on this day: Choose from 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Use fresh flowers to naturally dye silk in this eco–conscious workshop with artisan dye studio, Botanical Inks.

Learn the contemporary 'bundle dye' process, for the direct application of plant dye colour from flowers and plant materials into cloth with a simple steaming technique.

Create a unique length of Botanical Inks printed cloth, using a special organic British-grown 'peace silk' to make into a scarf, pillowcase, ribbons or another creative project of your own. Getting in the festive spirit, we'll be using special madder red and chlorophyll green dyes, along with a selection of local seasonal plants.

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, and with your own unique, natural dye printed length of silk.

  • All materials are provided

  • No experience required

  • Workshop duration: 2 hours

  • Maximum capacity: 14

  • This workshop has an age restriction of 16+. Participants below the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Nov
6
to Nov 7

SOLD OUT!! Bristol: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques

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Limited spaces available!

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from freshly harvested local plant material, traditional plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques.to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - making the organic indigo sugar vat - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: £260 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 3 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Making & using an Organic Indigo vat + Shibori @ Bristol Textile Quarter

This evening class will show you how to set up your own organic indigo vat and use shibori tie dyeing techniques, to up-cycle your own items.

Firstly, you will receive some theory and practical guidance in setting up the organic indigo vat, using just 3 simple natural ingredients - fructose, indigo and lime. Based on the 123 fructose vat recipe from Michel Garcia. You will learn how to tend the vat to keep it balanced and how to use it for shibori tie-dyeing. You will be shown a few simple shibori tie dye techniques to fold and bind your own small garments or items (A 100% natural fibre small vest or lingerie is perfect - nothing too big, heavy or fluffy), to up-cycle with this beautiful mystical blue colour.

You will leave with a good understanding of how to set up and use an indigo vat for yourself, do shibori tie-dyeing and continue your practice from home using simple kitchen equipment.

Class runs 6.30pm - 9.30pm, with a short break for refreshments. Please bring drinks and snacks to share.

Workshop price: £65/ Conc's: £58 - includes all required dye materials.

Please bring with you:

- 1 x 100% natural fibre small item or garment (to up-cycle with the organic indigo and shibori tie dyeing). A 100% natural fibre small vest or lingerie is perfect - nothing too big, heavy or fluffy.

You may also wish to bring an apron or wear clothing which you don't mind getting messy. Along with a journal and pen and camera to catalogue your creative journey.

There will also be our beautiful organic British-grown silk available by the metre to use in class, at an additional cost of £16 per 1/2 m or £32 per m for Haboutai and £17 per 1/2m or £34 per m for satin.

Rubber gloves will be available for indigo dyeing. And print outs will be provided to cover the techniques.

 

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Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

NYC: Bundle Dyeing at Make Workshop, Brooklyn

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Babs Behan, author of Botanical Inks: Plant-To-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects, visits Make Workshop NYC, from Bristol, England for an afternoon of bundle dyeing with flowers and plant materials.

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 herbal qualities into cloth. 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, using simple kitchen equipment, you will learn about intuitive herbalism, plant symbolism, natural dyeing, responsible foraging for local dyes and mordants and make your very own beautiful, natural-dye-printed silk scarf. 

We will go through the preparation of cloth/garments and the mordanting processes, practice bundle dyeing and its simple steaming process using a few different folding techniques to create different pattern effects, and finishing processes. Class fee includes all supplies.

The workshop duration is 11am-1pm, with an hour at the end for drinks, mingling and book signing, finishing at 2pm.

one 2-hour workshop + 1-hour book signing // $80 (all workshop supplies included; book sold separately)

 
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Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

California: Book Signing + ​Bundle Dyeing: BYO Silk Garments @ Cattywampus, Ojai, CA

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Join Babs Behan, author of "Botanical Inks Plant-To-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects", and Cattywampus in Ojai for a fun BYO bundle dyeing class followed by drinks and book signings.

The workshop will cover the process of bundle dyeing, using fresh flowers and plant materials with mineral mordants.
Bring Your Own small 100% silk clothing/textiles to up-cycle using this special technique and give them a new botanically infused and colourful look.

We will go through preparation of cloth/garments and the mordanting processes, practice bundle dyeing and its simple steaming process using a few different folding techniques
to create different pattern effects, and finishing processes.

The workshop duration is 1-3pm, with an hour at the end for drinks, mingling and book signing, finishing at 4pm.

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

California: Bundle Dyeing at West County Fiber Arts, Sonoma, CA.

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Tutor: Babs Behan

Date/Time: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tuition: $175 — includes all materials and a copy of the new book Botanical Inks: Plant-To-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects

Maximum students: 15

Bundle dyeing is an innovative process which bypasses the need for the dye pot, allowing for the direct transfer of plant dyes and their herbal qualities into cloth. Read more below..

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Join Babs Behan, author of the newly published book, Botanical Inks: Plant-To-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects and founder of Botanical Inks natural dye studio in England, for a 1-day intro workshop to bundle dyeing with flowers and plant materials.

Bundle dyeing is an innovative process which bypasses the need for the dye pot, allowing for the direct transfer of plant dyes and their herbal qualities into cloth. With plant vinegars, steam, a variety of simple fold and bind techniques and a range of different plant and mineral mordants, a range of patterns and colours can be achieved.

Along with gaining a new skill which you can repeat again for yourself, using simple kitchen equipment, you will learn about natural dyes, non-toxic mordants and how to create different effects with the eco-printing techniques. You will also take away with you a range of different fabric samples and a beautiful natural dye eco-printed silk cloth. All materials are included in the cost.

Each student will receive a signed copy of the new Botanical Inks: Plant-To-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects book.

We will have a potluck lunch, giving everyone time to socialize with the instructor and fellow students.

What to bring:

  • Something to share for the potluck lunch
  • Personal beverages and snacks
  • Layered clothing for variations in weather
  • Notebook and camera if desired

About the instructor:

Babs Behan is the founder of Botanical Inks, an artisan natural dye studio based in Bristol, England. Her work ranges from natural dyeing for textiles, clothing and paper products, to surface application techniques, including Shibori tie-dyeing, bundle dyeing with flowers and block printing. She runs regular workshops, as well as guest courses at University of Plymouth and Daylesford Organic Farm. Her clients include Saatchi Gallery, London Fashion + Textiles Museum, Ace Hotel, Soho House and Wilderness Festival. Visit her website at botanicalinks.com, and find her on Instagram @botanicalinks or Facebook.

About the location:

West County Fiber Arts is the studio of felt artist Heidi Harris, on a beautiful 1-acre property in rural Sonoma County, California. Classes will take place both indoors and in the garden.

If you are coming from out of town, overnight accommodations are plentiful in the vicinity — from nearby hotels to camping at the Russian River. See our Food & Lodging page for suggestions.

Registration:

Please read the school policies on our Registration Policy page.

To register, just click the “Add to Cart” button above. When you check out, you may pay by credit card online via a secure Paypal payment page. There is also an option to pay by check if you prefer.

 

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Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

California: Wild Ink Making Workshop + Book Release @ UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens

Learn how to transform plants into natural inks for drawing and writing with, using dipping pens and quills. In this ink-making class a selection of traditional plant dye materials and local, seasonal flowers and plants will be used to create a selection of natural coloured inks. A set of blank cards and envelopes are provided for each person to embellish with the inks, along with a range of papers for sampling with.

Registration required:  $65 / $60 UCBG Member : Pre-order a book for special event pricing of $20 (no member discounts apply)

Registration info: Register online or by calling 510-664-7606, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu


Botanical Inks is a natural dye studio based in Bristol, founded by botanical artist/designer Babs Behan. Offering small-scale natural dyeing services for designers and businesses, and a platform for re-skilling creative communities with local plant knowledge and contemporary traditional "low-impact" surface application techniques. We teach people to forage for local colour-producing plants and use a variety of dye and print processes, without the use of any toxic synthetic chemicals or heavy metals. Prioritising the use of local, organic, ethically sourced and manufactured materials, such as dyes from local organic farm and food waste, locally grown and manufactured wool, organic British peace silk, recycled British paper and vintage or second-hand garments and textiles. As part of a sustainable creative practice, inspired by “closed loop” design principles and the “Fibershed” model.

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Aug
23
10:00 AM10:00

Seattle, WA: Block Printing With Natural Dyes @ Botanical Colours

Join us for a day of experimentation and creativity, using natural dye extracts, vegetable-based thickeners and Bab’s expert guidance to create note cards and printed textiles in our fully-equipped studio.

Author Babs Behan of Botanical Inks is traveling from England to the US to teach a workshop on block printing from her new book, Botanical Inks: Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects.  We are pleased to welcome her for a one-day workshop at our Seattle, WA studio Thursday, August 23, 10am-4pm.

In this class, you will receive

  • A set of paper cards for printing
  • Generous swatches of fabric for printing
  • Instruction on how to select and prepare fabrics, mordant and set up for printing and printing techniques
  • Registration includes a signed copy of Bab’s book: Botanical Inks

We hope you take advantage of this very special day!

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Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Scotland: Bundle-Dyeing With Mayfield Flowers

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A day of botanical textile dyeing, using farm flowers, local wildcrafted plants and exotic natural dye pigments to imprint cloth with contemporary kaleidoscopic patterns, using the bundle-dye technique and organic British-grown silk cloth. For making into a scarf, cushion cover, ribbons, clothing or other creative projects, infused with herbal essences.
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. Using plant vinegars, steam and a variety of simple fold and bind techniques, a range of patterns can be achieved. Certain flowers, herbs and plant materials are used to achieve a variety of hues with colour fast results. A selection will be provided in class for you to work with, along with a very special, organic British-grown haboutai silk.
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.

Ticket Price:  £125 (10% discount for 2 places £225)

Price includes tea/coffee on arrival and lunch.
All materials are included and provided, including a 50 x 140cm length of organic British grown haboutai silk. There will also be meterage of the silk available for additional purchases in class at an extra cost.

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Aug
15
to Aug 16

Bristol: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques

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Limited spaces available!

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from freshly harvested local plant material, traditional plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques.to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - making the organic indigo sugar vat - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: £260 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 3 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

London: Floral Dyeing Workshop @ Barbican Centre

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Use fresh flowers to naturally dye fabric in this eco–conscious workshop with artisan dye studio, Botanical Inks.

Learn the contemporary "bundle dye" process, for direct application of plant dye colour from flowers and plant materials into cloth, using a simple steaming technique.

Create a unique length of Botanical Inks printed cloth, using a special organic British-grown "peace silk" to make into a scarf, pillowcase, ribbons or other creative project of your own.

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, and with your own unique, natural dye printed length of silk.

Price inc materials: £65

Rediscover traditional crafts with a modern twist, learn a new skill and meet the makers behind some of our favourite products.

The Barbican Shop are hosting an exciting new series of summer workshops on the theme of making and craftsmanship.

Make! is a celebration of innovation and creativity in craft. We're working with the creme de la creme of contemporary makers; those with a modern take on conventional crafts such as weaving, casting and bookbinding, and those redefining it entirely with groundbreaking processes and exciting new materials.

Following our Makers programme, Make! seeks to further the Barbican's support of up and coming design talent, challenge perceptions of craft and inspire you to try something new.

Tickets are now on sale here.

For the latest news about the Make! season sign up to our newsletter.

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Aug
7
to Aug 8

SOLD OUT: Bristol: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques

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Limited spaces available!

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from freshly harvested local plant material, traditional plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques.to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - making the organic indigo sugar vat - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: £260 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 3 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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Aug
4
to Aug 5

SOLD OUT: Bristol: 2 Day Beginners Intro to Natural Dye + Print Techniques

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Limited spaces available!

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, at our Bristol natural dye studio, for a 2 day introduction to the basics of making and using organic natural dyes, inks and a range of ecological surface application techniques.

This will include making natural dyes from freshly harvested local plant material, traditional plant dyestuffs and extract powders. How to transform these dyes into inks suitable for drawing and writing, and also printing inks for use with block and screen printing. And how to set up and use a simple 1-2-3 step organic indigo sugar vat, along with some shibori tie dyeing techniques.to up-cycle an item of your own.

Day one will include:

An intro to the theory and practice of natural dyeing - preparing cloth, yarn and paper for dyeing and printing - preparing mordants - preparing plant material to make dyes - preparing paper cut stencils for screen printing - preparing binders for printing inks

Day 2 will include:

dyeing samples with the prepared dyes - making the organic indigo sugar vat - shibori tie dyeing your own item in the indigo vat - preparing printing inks - printing samples with blocks and paper cut stencil screen printing

This course is focused on learning the processes, rather than creating a finished item. You will be provided with small samples of different organic cloth and yarn made from a range of plant and animal fibres ( cotton, linen, silk, wool) and recycled paper. To create a collection of dye and print samples to take away with you. You are also welcome to bring a small item of clothing to up-cycle in the indigo vat. (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Class runs 10am-4pm each day. We will break for lunch for one hour 1-2pm both days and go to the Old Market Assembly (food not included in price). You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch or make alternative plans.

You will take away a collection of naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper samples, and shibori tie dyed item of your own, and the skills to continue to use these techniques again yourself using simple equipment which can be found in the kitchen or home.

This is a great course for those wishing to kick start their natural dye practise with all the basics to get them going.

2 Day Course Ticket Price: £260 - includes all required materials and handouts.

Please bring: A notebook and pen, a small item for up-cycling with indigo shibori tie dye  (A small vest or scarf would be ideal - nothing too chunk/heavy/fluffy - bring a selection to choose from on the day)

Places are limited to only 3 people, and will sell out fast, so please ensure you book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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Aug
1
to Aug 19

AUGUST: Dye Garden + Studio Days

  • Botanical Inks Studio + Dye Garden (map)
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During the month of August, we are harvesting plants from the dye garden to make locally grown dyes for dyeing a range of textiles and garments. 

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, for a day of harvesting plants from the dye garden and using them to create a special project of your own, using any techniques from the range we offer, including bundle dyeing, shibori tie dye, dye pot dyeing, indigo vat dyeing, screen printing and block printing with natural dyes, wild ink making and hapazome.

We can use dye plants from the garden and other traditional dyes and extracts as you prefer.

To enquire about this special opportunity and book a date which suits you, please contact Babs at: hello@botanicalinks.com

Prices range from: £250 - £650 depending on use of time/materials etc.

We also offer dedicated studio time, without including the dye garden if you prefer - more info here.

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Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Cornwall: ​Bundle Dyeing With Local Plants, Flowers and Food Waste @ Potager

A wonderful opportunity to visit Potager  garden & cafe in Cornwall and enjoy a morning of bundle dyeing in the greenhouse. Using local plants and flowers, some harvested from the garden, and food waste from the kitchen, to create beauteous bundle dyed silks to make into your own botanically printed scarf, using a very special organic British-grown silk. Followed by a delicious local, seasonal lunch in the Potager cafe.

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

This workshop will cover the process of bundle dyeing using a couple of different folding techniques to create different patterns. Information about selecting ecological fibres and preparing them for dyeing, plus finishing instructions will also be provided.

The workshop will run 10am - 1pm and be followed by a group lunch in the cafe until about 2pm or until we are ready to leave. The cafe is open until 5pm and lunch is served until 3pm.

Notes:

The cost of lunch is included in the ticket price and is for one main meal and one drink only per person. You are welcome to purchase additional items for yourself at an additional cost, which must be paid to the cafe directly.


A 1⁄2 metre (50 x 140cm) length of organic British-grown silk is provided and included in the price. More will also be available for additional purchase on the day. All other materials and equipment are also provided. You may wish to bring an apron, gloves or wear clothes which you don't mind getting messy, although the only mess will really be vinegar and flower petals and leaves. A notebook or camera to catalogue the creative journey may also be useful. Print outs will be provided to take away to remind you of the process.

Signed copies of the new Botanical Inks book will also be available to purchase on the day for £16.99.

We would like to encourage you to use public transport to travel to the Potager or lift share if possible.

Finding Us:

Potager is on the road between Falmouth and Constantine, a mile from Constantine.  Use our postcode – TR11 5RF – in sat navs and follow signs when you get close.

If you get lost, do give us a call on 01326 341258 for directions!

Public Transport:

First KERNOW operate the number 35 bus which travels between Helston and Falmouth. Just ask the driver to let you off at High Cross (between Treverva and Constantine).

View 35 Bus timetable here.

Ticket Price:

Full Price: £75.00 / Concessions: £70.00 Includes lunch at the Potager Cafe and all materials for the workshop, including 1/2 m organic British-grown silk and all dye materials.

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Jun
20
10:00 AM10:00

​Bundle-Dyeing With Moat Farm Flowers, Suffolk

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Enjoy a day of harvesting flowers from Moat Farm and botanical textile dyeing with Botanical Inks, using fresh flowers, to imprint cloth with contemporary kaleidoscopic patterns, using the bundle-dye technique and a beautiful organic British-grown haboutai silk, infused with herbal essences. 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. Using 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 is included in the cost, along with all materials and a 50 x 140cm piece of organic British grown haboutai silk.


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

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

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