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Adult workshops - Indigo, Shibori, Natural Dyeing and Eco Printing

If you LOVE colour, this is the workshop for you – feast your eyes on the exotic palette of natural dyes and experiment with Indigo, Cochineal, Eastern Brazilwood, Marigold, Myrobalan &, Lak – to name just a few. There are no limits to the array of colours you can achieve.

Experiment with Shibori, making patterns with resists and learn how to create interesting layering effects and beautiful, unique patterns. Surprise yourself when unwrapping a bundle or dare to dip a new colour swatch. You will learn how to shift colours using mordents and tannins and through observation you will see how to shift a brilliant red to a soft coral, a dark blue to a teal.

For those who find themselves excited by swatch dipping you can focus your attention on how to make a variety of hues, whilst building your own reference palette. If you would prefer to make something practical you can design a scarf, a bag, something for the table, a cushion, a pencil role, or a fancy note book, kindle or an ipad sleeve.

This workshop is fun, experimental and tranquil. Ice dying is also on offer for those after a psychedelic fix.

In the six week workshop you will learn Indigo and natural dying processes in depth. It is fun to combine techniques and experiment with overdying and it is possible to create unique layering effects once you have the basics. You can experiment with eco printing, making original prints using leaf matter, which can be combined with rust printing to give some very exciting results.

This course shares my experience of indigo, natural dying and eco printing gained from my time living in Vientiane, Laos where I learned the skills of the master dyers at the Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre. Dyeing and weaving are part of the county’s longstanding craft tradition. I spent two years learning and experimenting on how to dye material using plant dyes sourced in and around the Vientiane area.

Whilst living in Australia I took a trip to the outback where I spent time experimenting with the rust dying and eco print processes passed on from India Flint and it is here I got hooked on rust printing and fell in love with the process. 

These workshops are run from my studio in the beautiful setting of Hartland Stud, overlooking the heathland. For those who cannot tear themselves away, a beautiful camp site is a available for you to enjoy.

6 weeks courses are held on either Fridays 10-1pm or 2-5pm, or Thursday evenings. 6.30-9.30pm. 

One-off, 4 hour sessions are held on Sunday 10-2pm or 2-6pm or times to suit you.

No previous experience is needed.

Price Guide
One off sessions of 3hrs £65
6 week booking £380 - 3 hrs per session for 6 weeks
Group bookings of 6 also available with 20% off. £1990

Materials are included in the workshop fee.

To book this class please book online or email enquiries@helenbiles.com or telephone (+44) 07943 926886

For more information please read the artist residency info in the about section.

https://www.indiaflint.com

https://www.houeyhongvientiane.com

https://www.ockpoptok.com

 

Shibori (しぼり/絞り, from the verb root "shiboru" – "to wring, squeeze or press

There are many ways to create shibori, with techniques generally grouped into three categories: kōkechi, tied or bound resists; rōkechi, wax resists; and kyōkechi, resists where the fabric is folded and clamped between two carved wooden blocks