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Natural Dye Workshop with Samorn Sanixay & Alana Gregory

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The Joinery

111 Franklin Street

Adelaide, SA 5000

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Presented by Adelaide Sustainability Centre & Soul Strong Society

2-day workshop

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March, 10am-4pm

Local, Sustainable and Zero Waste

In this hands-on beginners course you will explore a variety of natural hand dyeing and colour application techniques and create your own fabulous colours on silk fabric using natural methods and materials.

Our ancestors have been working together with the land, locally and seasonally for thousands of years. Knowledge about which plants can be eaten, used for medicinal purposes, as a source of colour for painting or natural dyes (incl. dirt and minerals) is as fascinating and relevant for us today as it ever has been.

The art of natural dyes is wonderfully satisfying when you discover the brilliant and bright colours you can achieve with plants and flowers right in your own backyard and kitchen.

We will focus on local, seasonal materials and food waste, beginning the class with a walk around the Adelaide Sustainability Centre community garden to forage, gather and learn about the history of this beautiful ancient tradition. Learn about local native plants, berries and flowers, their dyeing properties, how we extract the colour and methods used to obtain different shades of pigments. We will identify what food scraps you can store as dyes or those that will regrow as food again!

Ideal for

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced dyers, no previous design or printing experience required.

Course content

During this Natural Dye Workshop the intention is that the following topics will be covered, but not necessarily in the order given. Due to the variable nature of each workshop, parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.

  • Appreciate the many sources and properties of natural materials to create dyes
  • Preparation and use of natural dyes
  • Learn how to create different dyeing effects
  • Learn some basic eco printing techniques and effects
  • Learn some basic compost dyeing techniques and effects
  • Learn about the use of plant dyes and clothing as natural medicine

Materials provided

  • Silk/merino scarf
  • Plain cotton cushion cover
  • Calico totes
  • Fabric to use during class
  • A handmade cotton swatch book

*Ready-dyed scarves retail for $120.

You will also get to take home all dyes you make in class – for further fun at home!

Please bring to class

  • Small garments to dye (apart from your scarf)... NATURAL FABRICS ONLY!
  • 4-5 empty jars to take home your dyes
  • Your own local berries, food scraps or flowers you wish to use for dyeing
  • An old shirt or apron to wear while dyeing

YOUR TUTORS

Samorn Sanixay was born in Laos and the co-founder of Eastern Weft, a weaving cooperative based in Vientiane. Laos. She arrived as a refugee in Australia with her family when she was only 3 years old. Samorn graduated from Griffith University with a B. Arts in Modern Asian Studies (majoring in Political Science) and has Diploma in Japanese language. With almost has almost 15 years experience in sustainable textile manufacturing, Samorn loves to share her knowledge and ignite passion for sustainable craft and textile production!

“Sustainability and Zero Waste is very much a natural part of what we do. We focus on connecting with nature, with the land. As with most indigenous cultures we work together with the land and build up a knowledge base on which plants can be eaten, used for medicinal purposes and as a source of colour for painting or natural dyes (incl. dirt and minerals), or to build houses.

We’d like people to think about where and how their textiles are made, sourced etc. to be more thoughtful and mindful, they can help change the world even it if is on a small scale.

We want to connect people with one another and also with the environment. Everything starts and ends with nature. In our highly developed societies, I feel we are very disconnected. We’ve lost the knowledge of how things are made, the skills involved, the materials we use, and every human being involved in the process. Once you start asking questions, the answers are even more fascinating. It’s a journey of finding and exploring the process of going back to nature and moving forward.”

Alana Gregory is a wellbeing educator and the founder of Soul Strong Society - an initiative created to facilitate human and environmental health through the practices of mindfulness, movement and creativity. Alana combines a background in environmental science and community health with 20 years practice and study in holistic art forms from around the world. She specializes in connecting people to nature through creative practice.

http://soulstrongsociety.com/

http://alanagregory.com/

The Adelaide Sustainability Centre is supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and Conservation SA.

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