Experience the magic and satisfaction of learning to make your own beautiful and healthy textiles, inks and art using natural, local, plant materials, sustainable print processes and recycled cloth.
Intro to Indigo
(Booking not yet online)
21st March 2020
National Museum St Fagans
In the amazing setting of the Gweithdy at St Fagan’s museum, you’ll be shown how to make up a dye vat and then learn some Shibori resist processes to dye up a whole load of beautiful blue cloth.
Lovely Weekend of Botanical Colour at Beth Morris
Insole Court, Cardiff
We’ll forage and share, make inks and prints, use dyes and shibori, craft simple tools and books. Using gathered materials and recycled cloth, you’ll leave with a bundle of beautiful botanically coloured work.
Spring Botanical Inks
at Oldlands, Monmouthshire
April/May date tbc
After gathering nuts and berries from the beautiful gardens of Oldlands estate, you’ll learn to make botanical inks to use for drawing and calligraphy.
Over 16s but no experience needed. It’s good to bring your own art kit and papers and wear old clothes.
I love teaching these processes – It’s a core part of my practice and my work in building resilient communities, a creative social practice and supporting sustainable living through handcrafts, making and mindfulness or “mendfulness”.
You can book me for an hour illustrated talk, a day workshop or week-long retreat, from tots to teachers, of all ages and abilities.
‘the day was wonderful, I loved it. You are an inspiration and a lovely teacher.. I used my news inks today on a sample piece and they are beautiful‘
Make your own bespoke workshop day…
To prepare for a workshop:
All materials and recycled/organic fabrics are supplied for you, but it’s a good idea to bring your own preferred gloves, a basic sewing and art kit with things like scissors, pins, needle and thread, pencils, ruler, brushes, anything you like to use in your own work. Also some plastic bags to take wet work home in. You can bring your own pre-washed items to transform, such as fashion or small home goods like napkins, tee shirt, pillow case, a summer dress, linen trousers, scarves, a shopping bag or a table runner. The items don’t have to be white, in fact, some of the most interesting transformations happen on items originally with a print or other colour. Loved, gently used or stained items are also a great choice. Check the labels of the items to make sure they are made from natural fibres such as cotton, bamboo, hemp, wool, linen, viscose or silk.
You need to wear clothing that you do not mind getting a drip or two of dye on!
Who I teach…
ColourField owner Catherine works with all who want to learn about natural dyeing with local plant materials, practice low-impact surface decoration techniques, re-connect with nature and develop artistic eco-literacy. She always works with great enthusiasm and patience, with all ages and abilities, from amateur enthusiasts to professional teachers, artists and designers.
With over 20 years experience of teaching and lecturing on textile, surface pattern, print and general visual art techniques, Catherine is comfortable teaching in a variety of settings, from nursery and primary through to community projects, higher education and artist groups.
Community groups, after-school, holiday clubs, scout & guide organisations.
A parent of a participant on a young people (Criw Celf) project wrote to me:
My son ..enjoyed the half term project with Cath Lewis enormously. She’s a great teacher who engaged and encouraged him to create some lovely work. He came home every evening talking about the activities of the group and what he’d learnt. He was inspired to work hard on his book, which he enjoyed making from recycled materials, and is
already using his walnut ink for his GCSE work as well as making some of his own.
He found the experience of working with artists inspiring and it was lovely for me to see him come home buzzing with ideas and he’s looking forward to putting more of his ideas into practice.
This project was a wonderful opportunity for him and I’m delighted that he was given that opportunity and was able to take advantage of it.
He’s looking forward to the next project / workshop!’
If you would like to book a group workshop I can travel to your venue or you can come to the workshop in Cardiff. I supply all equipment and materials for a workshop tailored to your ages, interests and needs.
Education and Art project clients include:
Bishop of Llandaff High School
Cardiff and Vale College
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Coleg Sir Gar
Model House Craft & Design Centre
Newport children & family services
Ysgol Plas Mawr
RCT young carers
Shire Newton Primary school
United Welsh Housing
Wales Dynamo project
Whitchurch High School