I’ve been having a great time sharing indigo dyeing techniques with talented textile students from Greenwich Community College and their wonderful tutor Michele. We covered loads in our two sessions; the science of the dye vat, how to start it off and maintain it, how to prepare fibre for dyeing, some pattern making techniques including binding, stitching and clamping and we still managed to squeeze it painting with indigo and a tour round the gallery. I am really looking forward to seeing the results of their own indigo experiments.
I’m teaching a few workshops at the gallery. We still have places on the Saturday dyeing workshop 7 March 2015 10.00 – 13.30
This new course is aimed on those with a teaching or workshop facilitation role. We will explore simple techniques and basic equipment needed to produce the three primary colours from the natural dyes favoured by William Morris – indigo (blue) madder (red) and weld (yellow). We will look at how to apply the dyes to creative design and pattern-making and make cross-curricula links with science and the history of the dye and textile industry.
Watch this space for an update on the other gallery indigo events.