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


Holistic Bundle Dyeing With Flowers @ Daylesford Farm, Gloucs

  • ​Daylesford Farm Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG England

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price: £155

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