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Fabric Dyeing with Waste and Weeds
Sun. 30 April 2017, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm AEST
In this workshop, hosted by talented and passionate textile designer Samorn Sanixay, we’ll explore the ancient traditions of natural dyeing. Our focus will be on dyeing with waste materials such as rust, discarded metal, compost, and edible weeds from the streets around our Marrickville studio. We'll turn the unseen and ordinary into extraordinary textile art. At the end of the day you'll head home with your head full of colourful ideas and very own scarf and rami cushion cover, dyed by you!
The workshop will roll like this:
We’ll go wandering the streets, chatting about plants and dyeing (not dying!), sourcing weedy bits that we can also eat or throw in the pot for dyeing. We’ll then return to the studio and Samorn will show us how to:
Prepare and use natural dyes
Create different dyeing effects
Basic eco printing techniques and effects
Basic compost dyeing techniques and effects
Around 12:30 we’ll gather for a simple, light, vegetarian lunch, providing an opportunity for connecting with fellow workshop attendees and chatting more with Samorn and Georgina Reid, editor of The Planthunter.
At the end of the day you'll head home with your head full of colourful ideas and very own scarf and rami cushion cover, dyed by you!
You will also get to take home all the dyes you make in class – for more dye experimentation at home.
1 x silk handwoven scarf and 1 x hand-woven organic rami cushion cover
1 x metre of cotton fabric to create sample dyes with or use during any time of the workshop
Seasonal, natural materials (berries, food scraps, weeds, flowers & plants) and dyeing equipment as needed
Please bring to class
An old shirt or apron to wear while dyeing
1-2 other small fabric or items you wish to dye apart from your scarf: NATURAL FABRICS ONLY!
4-5 empty jars to take home your dyes for fun at home!
Your own local berries, food scraps or flowers you wish to use for dyeing
Please wear closed-toed shoes and old clothes
All dyeing materials are natural and non-toxic – but may cause allergies. Please contact us prior to the workshop discuss if you are allergic to any plants, flowers, vegetables or berries
The light lunch will be vegetarian. Please let us know at least a week before the workshop if you are celiac or vegan and we’ll do our best to accommodate your dietary requirements.
The workshop is limited to 12 people only.
About Samorn Sanixay
Samorn is a Lao - Australian textile designer and the co-founder of Eastern Weft, a social enterprise and weaving cooperative based in Vientiane, Laos. With almost 15 years of experience in sustainable textile manufacturing, Samorn takes great joy in sharing her knowledge and passion for sustainable craft and textile production with others. Sustainability is at the core of Samorn’s practice. She’d like people to think more about where and how their textiles are made and to be more thoughtful and mindful in their consumption.
Samorn is a highly talented artist and a fascinating woman. After spending the day with her you’ll never look at plants and fabric dyes the same way again! Guaranteed.
Refunds and Ticket Transfers
We require 4 days notice in writing prior to the workshop for a full refund. If you miss this window, give your ticket to one of your pals. The tickets are fully transferable. Contact email@example.com to organise a refund.