~ Slow down, learn heritage fibre arts using modern sustainable methods, and celebrate the beautiful results of your hands working mindfully with Nature's gifts. ~
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Learn to achieve sophisticated, richly coloured, three dimensional surface designs combining whole cloth natural dyeing with eco-printing.
*Only 6 spaces available in this intensive workshop to ensure maximum attention/support for each student.*
Learn how to achieve clear prints on fabric using organic leaves, flowers and other plant material. No artificial dyes, inks, pigments, etc. are used - only those extracted directly from organic plant material.
Learn to identify many common local plants (native + introduced species) that make wonderful dyes. Half of the day is spent outside, exploring the huge range of pigment plants at your fingertips, discussing ethical and sustainable harvesting practices, and collecting specimens. The second half of the day is spent in the studio learning to properly dye fibre samples with the specimens we collected.
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If you are travelling to Cape Breton, or hosting guests, during the Celtic Colours International Festival, this is a fun day-time activity to do while gearing up for the evening’s concerts!
Come for a fun day of revamping/up-cycling your wardrobe and/or household linens in the studio’s huge, organic plant dye vats!
Throughout human history, amulets & talismans have reminded us of what we are capable of, at times when we have needed such crucial wisdom. Learn to craft your own unique, beautiful strand of amulets, and about the health, healing, and ecological importance of the plant-dyed fibres, and other materials, you incorporate.
Sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 days. Learn to make plant dyes and pastes for printing. Learn the ancient art of batik, using Cape Breton beeswax and organic plant dyes. Carve your own wood block and learn to print beautiful all-over designs using all-natural resists and plant dyes.
An intensive 3 day study of our amazing regional fungi and lichen dye palette. Time is spent ‘in the field’ learning to identify local fungi and lichens, and about ethical and ecological harvesting considerations. Then we return to the studio, learning to craft a rainbow of dyes.
A free seminar for those interested in farming bast fibres (flax, hemp, etc.) on Cape Breton Island.