This course is a gentle introduction to natural dyeing and eco-printing practises, for cotton and paper. The focus is on making do with what we have. Simple methods and simple materials. Finding joy in the process and in unexpected results.
It’s also a chance to slow down, to connect with plants and with fellow artists/makers in isolation. Creativity and nature ground me, especially in uncertain and changing times. I look forward to sharing this with you too.
This is a bit different from my other courses, because it was created while many of us were in isolation due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I wanted to offer something more affordable, and more accessible to anyone who couldn’t access fancy materials or lots of plants. Click here to see some of my student’s creations.
The ‘live’ course has finished, but you can still enroll and work through it at your own pace. You’ll have access to all the course materials for as long as the course exists.
This course is offered with variable pricing levels – read more here, then choose a price with your heart, based on your circumstances and the value of the course to you.
Please note that all prices are in Australian Dollars. If you live outside Australia, head here to convert them into your currency before you decide which level to go with.
Seed: If you are full of potential like a seed, but needing lots of support right now, join at the Seed Level and let this community nourish you.
Sprout: For those with a little more to give, I welcome you into the Sprout Level. We’ll support you while you are in this delicate stage.
Sapling: If you are feeling a little more established, consider joining at the Sapling Level. Your support helps keep the variable pricing model sustainable.
Tree: Trees give us so much – clean air, shade, beauty. Thanks for giving generously and joining at the Tree Level. This is my usual price for a course of this length.
Grove: A grove of trees support each other. Thanks for joining at the Grove Level and supporting a few others to be here.
Forest: A forest is a living, interconnected organism. If you are able to join at the Forest Level, you’ll be supporting this whole community to flourish.
- Acknowledgement of Country
- Gathering materials
- Making an iron mordant
- Naturally dyeing easter eggs
Week 1: Rolled bundles
- Rolled paper bundles
- Rolled fabric bundles
Week 2: Simple homemade mordants and binders
- Preparing with mordants and binders
- Variations on fabric
- Fabric notes
- Variations on paper
Week 3: Folded bundles
- Boiled booklets
- Eco-print and shibori bundles
- Eco-print shibori clothing
Week 4: Fun things to do with pale results
- Re-printing pale results
- Drawing over eco-prints
- More ideas for drawing
- Making mini moon