Sept 19-23, 2018 - Irit Dulman, Fusion of Botanical Prints & Natural Dyes

Sept 19-23, 2018 - Irit Dulman, Fusion of Botanical Prints & Natural Dyes

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One of the most talented surface designers working with natural dyes and ecoprints, Irit will lead students in an exploration of the wonderful possibilities of whole cloth dyeing and over-printing with plants.

In this workshop you will learn how to dye your fabrics with a range of natural dyes such as madder, indigo, etc., and how to then print them in different ways with plants. 

Under Irit’s expert guidance, participants will explore the local plants and the colours they give. Irit will guide students in an exploration of the potential of different plants, including the presence of colour/pigment, tannin, or the ability to discharge a dyed background.

Using high quality natural fibres, you will make a large number of samples to check consistency in your process and results. We will move forward slowly, to ensure ample time for learning to be absorbed, before executing your final well-designed, well-prepared fabrics. 

During the workshop, Irit will provide layout and composition exercises to expand students’ point of view regarding surface design with plants.

Class size is capped at 14 to ensure that there is plenty of time for Irit to provide support and feedback to each student.


  • All prices are in Canadian dollars. Students from other countries may wish to use a currency convertor.

  • The Canadian dollar is currently quite weak on international markets, meaning that the program fee is especially reasonable at this time when converted, for students from other countries, to $US, the Euro, etc.

  • Registering for a workshop constitutes agreement with the payment and cancellation terms detailed below, and with Mamie's Schoolhouse workshop etiquette.

Full Program Fee: Includes The Following.

1) Class Fee:

  • five full days of instruction (10 am to 4 pm each day)

2) Materials/Equipment Fee:

  • all dyes, tools & equipment

  • students will learn to use several different natural dyes

3) Fabric Samples Fee:

  • a generous sample kit of high quality natural fibre fabrics will be provided to each student on the first day, including a range of protein and cellulose fibres.

4) Community: a dedicated Facebook group for workshop participants

  • to assist students, who may wish to do so, to coordinate shared accommodation and local transportation with other participants

  • founder of Mamie’s Schoolhouse, Mel Sweetnam, will administer the group and be available to answer questions students may have about traveling to/around Cape Breton Island, etc.

Additional Fabric (Not Included In The Full Program Fee Above):

  • additional fabric yardage will be available for sale during the workshop for interested students

The Registration Fee Does Not Include The Following, Which Are The Student's Responsibility:

  • Accommodation

  • Transportation to/from Cape Breton, to/from the workshop each day, and all other local travel

  • Travel insurance

  • Meals

Payment Terms:

  • The full balance is due for any registrations on/after July 20, 2018.

Cancellation Terms:

  • For cancellations before July 20, 2018, there will be a full refund minus a $100 (+ tax) administration fee.

  • For cancellations on or after July 20, 2018, there will be a 50% refund.

  • For cancellations on or after August 17, 2018, there will be no refund. The student may, however, send someone else in their place with advance notice to Mamie’s Schoolhouse.

  • In the unlikely event of a workshop/class cancellation (which would only happen due to unforeseen circumstances such as the Artist in Residence's illness or other inability to travel to Cape Breton, entry refusal by Canadian immigration/border authorities, very low enrollment, etc.), Mamie’s Schoolhouse shall only be responsible for a refund to registered students of workshop/class fees paid to date. Mamie’s Schoolhouse is not liable for any other related student expenses (e.g. travel, accommodation, etc.), which are the sole responsibility of the student


  • There are no transfers from one workshop to another workshop, or from one workshop date to another workshop date. Students who wish to change their workshop must cancel the workshop for which they've already registered (by sending an email to, then register online for the new workshop.

  • Cancellation fees, per above, will apply for the cancelled workshop registration.

The Venue:

  • 20 minutes east of Baddeck (the nearest full service community), the Englishtown Community Hall is a large, light-filled space situated on the shoreline of St Ann's Bay, a deep, sheltered harbour off the Atlantic Ocean. The Hall is fully accessible, and includes a full kitchen (for workshop lessons, not for food preparation), multiple washrooms, a wrap around deck for enjoying the glorious views, a sheltered outdoor area for brewing up dye vats, and plenty of parking.

  • Englishtown is a small, rural community with a big heart. An active fishing wharf is located a five minute walk from the Hall, where family owned fishing boats can be observed setting out early each morning, and returning with their catch in the late morning/early afternoon. Seafood is always for sale directly from the fisherfolk.

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