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Workshops & Courses

Natural Colour Workshop

25th June 2022 – day work­shop 9.304.30 ( 5 – 6 hours – with break) Dur­ing this work­shop you will delve into the world of nat­ur­al colour and how we c

Spend the afternoon immersed in the power of natural colour with artist, dyer and grower, Ffion

We will explore the hidden qualities of natural ingredients, from homegrown flowers
to traditional dye ingredients to create an experimental spectrum of colour on natural fabrics.

This workshop will be more in depth focussing on what kind of materials we can use for dyeing,
how we can prepare fabrics using traditional mordants and extending our colour range with
natural modifiers.

We will learn how to create dye baths and more experimental methods of
transferring colour on to cloth; using the bundle dyeing technique.

This is using a steaming
method to extract colour and texture onto fabric.
This playful but more engaging session will begin to unfurl your curiosities when it comes to You
will leave with a ray of swatches filled with colour and texture as well as a larger hemmed piece
of fabric.

COST: £70

If you would like to take part but this isn't possible due to financial barriers, we are working with the facilitator to provide 20% off for this event. Please email programme@realideas.org for the code.

About Ffion Taverner

Ffion Taverner is an artist, facilitator and grower who specialises in Natural Dyes which are
often sourced from her surroundings within the UK.

Having completed an Instructional Artist Residency specialising in Natural Dyes with
Arquetopia in Peru 2019 which delved into the tradition of colour within Peruvian culture
she has gone to deepen her knowledge of natural colour in The Netherlands.

During 2020
she was running the dye studio and growing at Studio Claudy Jongstra.
Currently based on an organic vegetable and flower farm, Ffion is working closely with the
soil – growing, harvesting, collecting, tending and foraging.

She is passionate about sharing
the power of natural colour with others, emphasising accessible and experimental
techniques that allow folk to spend time creating, focussing on creative energy and working
with their surroundings.