Natural Dyeing: Indigo with Lancaster&Cornish

Hosted by Irene Griffin, 9-10 June, £325

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. 

The first day will begin with an introduction to natural dyes, historical perspective, health and safety. The making and process of working with indigo – and various other – vats will also be covered and discussed. Throughout the afternoon and for the whole of the second day, students will create a wonderful technical resource in the form of a fully notated reference booklet of colours and hues created with natural indigo 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 two 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