Natural Dyeing: Madder and Weld with Lancaster&Cornish

Hosted by Sian Cornish and Irene Griffin, 17- 19 March, £595

Irene has been absorbed in the world of colour since childhood and delights in sharing the ancient art of natural dyeing with textiles students and practitioners. Based in Cornwall at Falmouth University, her ongoing practice of the subject is developing into research of sustainable industrial colour production as well as the anthropological significance of plant dyes. 

Sian is an Environmental Scientist and textile lover with a strong family heritage in the cotton weaving mills of Lancashire. Her company, Lancaster & Cornish marries her two passions through the creation of naturally dyed ribbons and textiles for the wedding industry.

The first day will begin with an introduction to natural dyes, historical perspective, health and safety.  Throughout the afternoon and for whole of the second day, students will create a wonderful technical resource in the form of a fully notated reference booklet of colours created with various mordants and dye strengths of both Madder and Weld on silk, wool, linen and cotton.

Experimenting with natural colour on silks using a variety of techniques, including shibori, natural painting and more will take place on the third day. Students will create a variety of special pieces to take home.

The price includes a daily 2 course meal, and all materials.

There are 8 places available on this course, suitable for beginners. 

Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, Cott Rd, Lostwithiel PL22 0HW