Introduction to Natural Dyeing

Using flowers, foliage and steam, colour your own silk scarf with colour found in nature. Choose to either create subtle or sublime organic designs or carefully placed bold, bright colour. While the scarves are gently steaming, enjoy some slow stitching over tea infusions and shortbread and work on a personalised creative project using pre-dyed fabric samples and patterns. Choose from a range of dyed swatches and other remnants to stitch onto a pre-dyed cotton/linen fabric piece (26 x 36cm) to create your own special project (eg book cover, wall art, or a bag for your scarf). You may stitch your swatches in a boro inspired way, create a neat fabric collage or decide to use simple but effective running stitches to add texture to your cover. Enjoy the calm meditative art of slow stitching to the aromatic scents of our scarves steaming. Leave with a gorgeous silk scarf, a creative project which you can take home and a greater appreciation of the beauty of nature.

All materials provided.

Please note that results from each workshop will vary. We work with seasonal plants and flowers, and the diversity of colour will impact the results, together with foliage choice, placement and bundling. Other factors such as time, water and temperature conditions may also affect the final result. Natural dyes will fade over time, some natural pigments will fade faster than others. In all my workshops I teach and provide guidelines on how to improve colour longevity and ensure there is a range to choose from of good colour performers together with others that are more transient.

Tutor: Karen Tam

Karen completed 2 years study at Fashion Design Studio, Sydney TAFE, in Textile Design and Development. She currently operates her own arts practice from home experimenting with dyes, and print/pattern techniques also creating a limited range of accessories and homewares. Karen focuses on using natural and traditional dye techniques in a contemporary way, and incorporates both organic and natural fibres such as hemp, cotton and linen. She has lived in Lane Cove for 15 years and is proud to be a local artist active in the community. She has exhibited at ATASDA and more recently in a solo exhibition at Gallery Lane Cove. A selection of her products can be found at Gallery Lane Cove and also at various markets through the year. Through her workshops she aims to share her passion for dyeing to others, and concentrates on using simple, natural methods of dyeing with little or no chemicals, preferring soy milk and other traditional ingredients. Her dye methods are a combination of tertiary foundations, self taught and research and further skills taught by various accomplished dyers such as Aboubakar Fofana, and Jane Callender.