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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
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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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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Nov
11
10:30 AM10:30

London: Festive Floral Dyeing Workshop @ The Barbican

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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
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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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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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.

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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

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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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Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Herbal Bundle Dyeing With Local, Seasonal Flowers and Plant Dyes @ Feed Bristol

Join Babs Behan, founder of Botanical Inks, for a day of herbal bundle dyeing with local, seasonal flowers and plant dyes, in the heavenly location of Feed Bristol, Avon Wildlife Trust's community food-growing project in Stapleton, Bristol.

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, using simple kitchen equipment, you will learn about intuitive herbalism, plant symbolism, natural dyeing, responsible foraging for local dyes and mordants and take away with you a beautifully natural dye printed silk cloth.

Price: £65 / Conc's £58


Includes all materials and a 50 x 140cm piece of pre-mordanted organic British grown haboutai silk, teas, coffee and plant based sweet things.


Notes: There will be additional meterage of the silk available for extra purchase on the day. 

This workshop will take place in an outdoor space, under canvas. Please wear suitable clothing for the weather. You may also wish to bring an apron, gloves or wear clothing which you do not mind getting messy, however this will not be a very messy workshop.

For further info contact Babs at: hello@botanicalinks.com

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May
18
6:50 PM18:50

Bundle Dyeing @ FRIDAY LATE: LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

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Location: Upper Deck

Timings: 
18:50-19:50
19:55-20:55
21:00-22:00
14 slots per session,
sign up at the workshop to reserve a slot or drop-in


Sixties counterculture inspired an earth-friendly movement. Rekindle your connection
with nature in this workshop where you’ll use fresh flowers and plant materials employing
bundle-dyeing techniques to create your own hand printed silk cloth.
Botanical Inks is a natural dye studio, founded by artist Babs Behan who is passionately
leading a revival of organic-based design practice. Using her textile creations and workshops
she illustrates the art of natural dyeing whilst encouraging us to reflect on the journey of
the objects we create and bring into our lives.
Interested in learning further about transforming foraged materials into dyes and inks?
Personalised copies of the Botanical Inks book are available to purchase at this workshop.

For more info and bookings, click below.

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May
15
to May 16

2 Day Beginners Intro To Natural Dyeing Techniques, Bristol: SOLD OUT!

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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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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT! ​Bundle Dyeing With Fresh Flowers, HEALS, London

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Experience the alchemical process of using botanical dyes from fresh flowers, to transform silk cloth & create herbal infused textile prints. Learn the contemporary "bundle dye" process, for direct application of plant dye colour, into cloth, using a simple steaming technique. Discover some of the healing qualities of the plants we work with and how they can influence our mood, health and wellness. Create a unique length of Botanical Inks printed cloth, using a special vegan organic British-grown "peace silk". To make into a scarf, pillowcase, 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.


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.

Ticket Price: £65

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Apr
14
to Apr 15

SOLD OUT! 2 Day Beginners Intro To Natural Dyeing Techniques, Bristol

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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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Apr
3
to Apr 4

SOLD OUT! 2 Day Beginners Intro To Natural Dyeing Techniques, Bristol

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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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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

SOLD OUT! 1 Day Intro to Up-cycling using Bundle Dyeing + Indigo + Shibori @ FASHION REVOLUTION

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In partnership with Fashion Revolution, this workshop focuses on how to extend the life of your clothing by using exciting natural dye up-cycling techniques to transform them into beautiful new garments.

Limited places!

This one day class will introduce you to the bundle dyeing process, and show you how to set up your own indigo vat and use shibori tie dyeing techniques, to up-cycle your own items.

The morning will be spent going through some theory and guiding you through setting up the organic indigo vat, using just 3 simple natural ingredients - fructose, indigo and lime. You will learn how to tend the vat to keep it balanced and how to use it for dyeing cloth. 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 blue colour.

In the afternoon we will go through the bundle dyeing process, using local, seasonal flowers, plant material and dye extracts. A length of organic British-grown silk with be provided and included in the cost, which you may use to make a scarf, cushion cover, ribbons or other creative project. You are also welcome to bring a 100% silk item of your own to up-cycle. (A small vest or lingerie is perfect - nothing too big or heavy).

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

Class runs 10am - 4pm, with a 1 hour break for lunch from 1-2pm.

There are many cafes nearby to go to find lunch, or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch with you.

1 day workshop price: £120 - includes all required dyes and a 50 x 140cm length of organic British-grown silk. 

Please bring with you - 1 x 100% natural fibre small item or garment to up-cycle with organic indigo and shibori tie dyeing. 1 x 100% silk small item or garment to up-cycle with local, seasonal flowers and organic natural dyes and the bundle dyeing technique. You may also wish to bring rubber gloves, 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 £14 per 1/2 m or £28 per m.

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

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Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

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

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.

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Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Botanical Bundle Dyeing Silk Scarves @ Prema Arts, Gloucs

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

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Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Herbal Bundle Dyeing @ The Forge, Bristol

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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

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Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT: Screen Printing With Natural Dyes: Intro To Ink-Making

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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.

 

This is not a suitable class for screen printing beginners, as we will not do an intro to screen printing techniques. Some experience of screen printing will be necessary, to take part in this class.

Limited places available.

Choose from the following dates:

29/06/17 : 6-9pm

Price: £65

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT!! : Bundle Dyeing Ritual With Summer Flowers + Plant Materials. 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.

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Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

SELVEDGE MAGAZINE: Creative Natural Dyes: Bristol

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.

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Jun
13
10:00 AM10:00

Bundle-Dyeing with Moat Farm Flowers, Suffolk

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.

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May
28
6:00 PM18:00

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

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May
18
6:00 PM18:00

SELVEDGE MAGAZINE: Bundle Dyeing With Flowers + Plants: Bristol

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.

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Apr
25
to May 24

SOLD OUT!! - 5 WEEK COURSE: An Introduction to Natural Dyeing Techniques @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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