24-31 August 2019, Nicola Cliffe of Madder Cutch & Co, Screen Printing with Natural Dyes

Chateau Dumas, week-long workshop, prices from €1975

Hosted by  Nicola Cliffe of Madder Cutch & Co

Chemistry teacher-turned natural dye specialist, Nicola Cliffe is known for designing and printing beautiful, sustainable furnishing fabrics on linen.

During our week-long workshop Nicola will guide you through her process of screen printing with a palette of natural dyes and teach you how to design repeating patterns along a length of fabric.

You will begin the week with an introduction to the practical screen-printing process where you’ll have the chance to create a collection of samples. After showing you the work of some of the most remarkable past and present print designers, Nicola will  guide you through collecting ideas and resources to transform and develop into motifs and repeat patterns. You’ll experiment with composition and scale before cutting a stencil.

Once your stencil is ready Nicola will teach you about the history and use of natural dyes before you learn how to mix dye pastes to form your own  palette. As the printing technique is mastered you will work on more complex patterns. Nicola will also introduce you to colour separation and teach you how to create multi-coloured prints.

Once you have printed a length of fabric you will develop it into the finished item of your choice. The outcome of this week will be either a  hemp-silk throw or a tablecloth and set of napkins, that has been screen-printed with your own design.

Chateau DumasLieu dit Dumas,  82220 Auty,  France

Before you pay your deposit you must have confirmation that there is a place available for you on this workshop. Please email to check there is availability. Once your place is confirmed the team at Chateau Dumas will instruct you how to pay your non-refundable £300 deposit. You will be able to purchase multiple deposits if you are booking for more than 1 person. The balance is payable in Euros 12 weeks before the start of the workshop. Chateau Dumas will be in touch to remind you when the balance is due.

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