Eco-Print Natural Dye with Claire Cawte
In this full day workshop, explore eco print pattern and colour achieved from a variety of garden foraged flowers and leaves.
Create designs on fabric and paper to make a small book for your personal musing. All materials will be supplied, including paper and fabric, threads and embellishments.
Please bring – scissors, pins, needles, rusty objects and string – (any of your own flowers welcome and haberdashery odds and ends – optional)
Materials and tea and coffee will be provided in the cost of the workshop but please bring a packed lunch.
Students will be contacted prior to the workshop with information on the equipment they need to bring along – nothing special, they will have the required bits and bobs at home.
About Wool Works:
‘Wool Works’ is an exhibition of contemporary textile design spearheaded by co. Down professor Jane McCann. The Northern Irish textile expert brought together Welsh, Finnish and Northern Irish textile artists who have been working together since 2001.
The theme of the exhibition is wool and the way traditional motifs and techniques can be reinterpreted in a contemporary setting, embracing links between the cultural heritages of Wales, Ireland and Finland. The exhibits include unique hand-woven tapestries, woollen blankets, framed textile art, one-of-a-kind accessories and garments such as Irish style workwear jackets or house coats (with some of these unique pieces available for sale), and highlight techniques such as felting, free stitching, digital embroidery, knitting, hand weaving and plant dying.
Participating makers have used sustainable materials such as Cambrian and Finnish wool, indigo dyed Merino wool, Irish bainin tweed and Donegal yarns in the works. Professor McCann is passionate about the potential of wool and an advocate of its increasing use in the textile industry. She believes that this unique material deserves to be celebrated and highlighted alongside linen and other sustainable textiles.
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