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Botanical Inks hosting Selvedge Natural Dye Workshops

Botanical Inks provides a pioneering model for circular textile production systems in the UK, based on human-scale and biologically nutritious design.

Founder of Botanical Inks Babs Behan offers us two workshops which will take place at Bristol Textile Quarter.

Selvedge Magazine: Creative Natural Dye Class Thursday 3rd November, 6.30-8.30pm £85In this session you are invited to play with a range of surface application processes, including bundle dyeing, Shibori tie dye, painting, Hapazome and dye injecting, using a range of natural dye materials, including fresh and dried flowers, berries and leaves; powder pigments, liquid dyes and paints. Everything we use is made from botanicals and minerals, along with some insect dyes and organic British silk.

You will be given an introduction to the different techniques, and have an open session for getting creative. This is a beginners class, and more experienced natural dyers may also enjoy the opportunity to explore using a mixture of techniques together to create something new and unique. You will leave with a new perspective on how to use natural dyes creatively, without boundaries, and with your own naturally dyed length of silk which you may use to make a scarf, cushion cover or other project.

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

Tea and coffee will be provided. You may wish to bring extra snacks. Wear clothes which you can get messy.

TO BOOK:  please book online at the Selvedge website here

Selvedge Magazine: Bundle Dying with Flowers and Plants Thursday 10 November, 6:30-8:30pm, £55

Learn how to use this simple ” Bundle Dyeing” 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.

Botanical Inks provides a pioneering model for circular textile production systems in the UK, based on human-scale and biologically nutritious design. A length of organic British silk will be provided and included in class for you to use, and there will also be more available to buy at an additional cost, at £28 per metre, also available by the 1/2 metre.

Tea and coffee will be provided. You may wish to bring extra snacks. Wear clothes which you can get messy.

 TO BOOK: please book online at the Selvedge website here