Join us for a day exploring the natural essence of colour and of cloth, with natural plant dyes, silk and cotton.
Learn four different dyeing traditions + techniques, experiment and learn, and go home spattered, inspired and ready to make your own explorations through colour with natural dyes.
Along with your teacher; weaver + textile artist Samorn Sanixay, you’ll explore the colourful world of traditional eastern dyeing techniques, with natural materials.
There’s a lot of questions regarding ethics, provenance and sustainable materials when it comes to dyeing + producing cloth – we’re very proud to be working with Samorn, whose practice functions on ethical enterprise, no waste, and completely natural, non-toxic materials.
This Milkwood course is eligible for The Industry Skills Fund, providing up to 75% off course costs to folks in small businesses that meet the fund’s criteria. More info here…
This workshop will cover:
- Selecting plants, roots and leaves for successful dyeing
- A foraging trip to gather colours to use in the day
- Direct dyeing techniques with plant rubbings
- How to set colours in cloth, naturally, without alums + mordants
- How to make eco prints, using found materials
- The basics of the shibori technique
As part of this workshop, all students will create + take home a dyed raw silk scarf (mulberry or vegan silk available). These scarfs are woven at Eastern Weft.
Eastern Weft is a weaving co-operative based in Vientiane, Laos founded in 2004 by Kaisy Sopabmixay and Samorn Sanixay. It began as a way of providing young disadvantaged women from ethnic minority hill tribes with refuge, purpose, opportunity and choice.
Students are encouraged to bring any plant materials they would like to experiment with using for dye, and any additional cloth that they would like to work with during the class.
About your teacher:
Samorn Sanixay was born in Laos but fled with her parents after the Vietnam War. She arrived in Australia as a refugee and grew up in Sydney and Brisbane.
She later worked with UNICEF—travelling to remote villages, learning to dye and weave thread with the local women for whom weaving is a necessity as there are no markets to purchase clothing or blankets.
A textile artist whose work is held in collections worldwide, Samorn also co-founded and runs Eastern Weft – a workers co-op dedicated to traditional Laotian dyeing and weaving techniques, with a no-waste charter and an outstanding international reputation – EasternWeft.com
What to bring:
- Gloves, if you don’t want multi-coloured hands at the end of the day (we think they’re beautiful)
- An apron, or clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit of extra colour on
- Any plant materials that you would like to experiment with
- A notebook, and your most curious self – this will be quite a day of learning!
During your course:
We provide tea, coffee and organic fruit throughout the day, as well as post-course resources to continue your learning.
During the course you will receive a silk scarf, as mentioned above, to experiment dyeing techniques with.
About the venue
This course will be held in the workshop space adjoining the 107 Rooftop Garden in Redfern, Sydney.
The 107 Rooftop Garden is an inner-city food system full of vertical gardens, intensive veggie beds, aquaponics, beehives, dappled shady nooks and lots of hands-on opportunities to learn and grow good things. More about the venue here…
Booking into this workshop
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