Plants and Colour

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Printmaking Workshops

Develop your skills to create textile designs and print onto fabric. Explore hands on methods of creating repeat patterns, and multiple colour-ways. Learn effective printmaking techniques that you can do at home without the need of fancy equipment. Lino printing and silk screen printing.

A relaxed and friendly environment welcoming all, from complete beginners, to artists, designers and makers. Monthly workshops in Cirencester. Occasional workshops in Devon & private workshops for groups.

NATURAL DYEING WORKSHOPS

Connecting with what it means to be of this land, through practical relationship with the plants and fungi that surround us.

Explore the land through gathering wild dye plants, & fungi as well as growing plants to produce a variety of vibrant colours using non toxic plant based processes. Learn how to create beautiful textile designs using natural materials. Identify, grow, and use locally abundant colour producing plants for textile projects. Connect more closely to where your clothes and textiles come from, become a part of the natural systems we live within, by learning how to identify and use plants for textile crafts. Demonstrating a small scale DIY alternative to fast fashion, the polluting chemical dye industry and toxic cotton production.

Wild Plant Walks

LEARN ABOUT PRACTICAL USES FOR WILD PLANTS.

Come on a wild plant walk to develop your practical knowledge of plants. Learn where to find food, medicine, natural dyes, and other useful things. How to harvest, and how to find good places for gathering. Learn how to create delicious substantial meals from wild plants. Feel the effects of eating wild food every day. Enjoying what is naturally available.

I am running private one-one and group walks in Devon, shaping the day around your interests. Contact me to arrange a time.

 

Connecting with what it means to be of this land, through practical relationship with the plants and fungi that surround us.

I am a natural dyer, grower, and forager. I explore the land through gathering wild dye plants, fungi, lichen, and algae, as well as growing plants to produce a variety of vibrant colours using non toxic plant based processes.

Natural Dyeing – Out on the land observing and learning from the wild plants that grow around us. Getting to know plants through natural dyeing. Gathering wild plants such as meadowsweet and buddleia flowers, oak galls, and dock roots, or growing dye plants in my garden such as madder, woad, and coreopsis.

Wild Plants – To be wild is to know how to look after ourselves. There was a time when we all knew the plants that were growing around us intimately. There were no weeds, only medicines, foods, dye plants, and craft materials. We knew when to gather the lime flowers. We knew which tree would give us the best fire wood. Which plants would wake us up, and which ones would send us to sleep. We could read the landscape and find what we needed. I think it is important for us to come together to find and share this plant based knowledge, so it can be common knowledge again.

Teaching/consultancy – Bringing people together to be creative. Sharing technical skills through which we can be creative. Enabling the creation of handmade fabrics will be used and cherished, enduring and being repaired over time.