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Plants have been used to dye fibre and fabric for thousands of years and a beautiful natural palette is still available to you without the need for harmful chemicals. Local weeds or kitchen off-cuts can offer harmonious hues in a range of values and intensity. This hands-on workshop introduces a selection of local colour possibilities, as well as discussing fibre types, mordanting options and safety of dyes. Shibori techniques will also be used to produce patterned cloth. Come and discover some of nature’s hidden sources of colour!
Please bring to the class:
1. A Bucket
2. Large sealable jars / containers to take dye home in.
3. Notebook and pencil
4. Your lunch, snacks to sustain you and a water bottle.
5. Optional: As many Avocado pips, Sourgrass flowers (yellow oxalis) and Onion skins as you can collect
(separate red from brown).
Ilka will bring Fabric samples and other dyestuffs.
*Wear old, casual clothes you wouldn't mind splashing.
Ilka White is an artist, designer and maker of textiles. Her work often responds to the forces at play within the natural world and reflects the principals of sustainability. She is a great believer in the ability of beauty and creativity to lift the spirit. An experienced teacher, Ilka's popular classes also reflect her love of the handmade, and her contemporary use of traditional making methods.
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- Natural dyes to use
- Colour possibilities
- Dyeing techniques
- Notes and dyes to take home
- Rubber gloves and a bucket
- Scissors, note pad and pen
- Lunch, water bottle and snacks to sustain you
- Large sealable jars / container to take home dyes
- As many Avocado pips, onion skins as you can collect (separate red from brown).
Old clothing or an apron
Those interested in using nature to add colour
Vendor since 2013
CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.
Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.
CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.
CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.
Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.