BOTANICAL INKS BUNDLE DYEING • Plant Dyeing on Silk, September 30 (1-4 pm) Sunday

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Babs Behan, author of Botanical Inks: Plant-To-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects, is coming to us from Bristol, England for an afternoon of bundle dyeing with flowers and plant materials. Bundle dyeing is an innovative process which by-passes the need for the dye pot, allowing for the direct transfer of plant dyes and their herbal qualities into cloth. With plant vinegars, steam and a variety of simple fold and bind techniques, a range of patterns can be achieved. Along with gaining a new skill which you can repeat again and again for yourself, using simple kitchen equipment, you will learn about intuitive herbalism, plant symbolism, natural dyeing, responsible foraging for local dyes and mordants and make your very own beautiful, natural-dye-printed silk scarf. We will go through the preparation of cloth/garments and the mordanting processes, practice bundle dyeing and its simple steaming process using a few different folding techniques to create different pattern effects, and finishing processes.

The workshop duration is 1-3pm, with an hour at the end for drinks, mingling and book signing, finishing at 4pm.

• Plant dyeing

• Habatoi silk scarf with hand-rolled edge (8 x 54 inches) is included
• You are also welcome to bring your own 100% silk items to possibly dye.

TIME • 3 hours


TEACHER • Botanical Inks is a natural dye studio based in Bristol, founded by botanical artist/designer Babs Behan. Offering small-scale natural dyeing services for designers and businesses, and a platform for re-skilling creative communities with local plant knowledge and contemporary traditional "low-impact" surface application techniques. We teach people to forage for local colour-producing plants and use a variety of dye and print processes, without the use of any toxic synthetic chemicals or heavy metals. Prioritising the use of local, organic, ethically sourced and manufactured materials, such as dyes from local organic farm and food waste, locally grown and manufactured wool, organic British peace silk, recycled British paper and vintage or second-hand garments and textiles. As part of a sustainable creative practice, inspired by “closed loop” design principles and the “Fibershed” model.