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Workshop & Walnuts

I’m busy getting the ColourField workshop in order, for a bit of an event next week … all will be revealed soon!

I plan to have an open day on Monday 31st October, which will be a chance for anyone to visit, have a cuppa and see what facilities and beautiful, naturally made products we have to offer.

’til then, there’s more walnuts to process!

Freshly picked walnut and husk

 

Ready for screen printing

 

Magical Indigo

A lovely film by Kindcraft that shows why Indigo is so special. 

http://thekindcraft.com/the-process-indigo-from-plant-to-paste/ 

 Come and expeience it for yourself on an Indigo taster evening workshop at ColourField’s new studio in the centre of Cardiff – a 2 hour session including all materials is just £25 – get in touch for dates or find 3 friends to join you and have it all to yourself! 

Eco print and dye

Last night was a lovely introduction session for Green City Events at  Little Man Coffee in Cardiff. Thankfully it had cooled a bit, as we were boiling and steaming with city collected goodies, with great results!

   
    
   

New Indigo W/inc 

My new W/inc is a deep blue black, made with natural indigo and local walnuts, a little Irish seaweed and seasalt from Wales. It’s the ink for   a landlocked mermaid to write her message-in-a-bottle. 

   

Bigger and brighter!

ColourField are moving into a bigger, brighter workshop space. this means we will be able to offer classes, a small flat bed-print textile screen print table, as well as our full range of dyes and other textile treatments. These will be available to any other artists wishing to have a go for the first time, or carry out their own dye and print projects, in a safe, welcoming, assisted environment. A day hire (after an initial consultation and induction) will be £25. Get in touch to chat about what facilities you could be interested in using.

me teaching

Spring Saturdays

Be unique and do no harm

dyeshiboriCome experience the magic of printing and dyeing with natural, local products at our ColourField studio in Cardiff. You will get expert tuition from owner  Cat and experience:

  • Indigo and vegetable dyeing
  • Natural Printmaking
  • Dyeing and mark-making with iron

£65 including materials and a simple home-made lunch. We will also provide:

  • Gloves
  • All dyes and sample materials
  • A vegetarian home made lunch
  • Extra items for purchase to dye such as tee-shirts and fabric lengths

Please contact us for more info and or book here

Indigo is an ancient dye made from plants that transforms clothing and textiles into beautiful shades of blue.  We use only natural, non-harmful food grade ingredients. The process is truly unique and creates hues unlike any other dye.

Walnut is a beautiful, earthy, natural brown dye, made from locally collected walnut husks and using minimal chemicals.

Iron is a magical ingredient that is simple and safe with amazing results on paper and cloth.

We will also use seasonal foods and plants – such as carrot, daffodil, eucalyptus and dandelion…the possibilities are endless! At each workshop you will learn various natural print and dye techniques, to  make your own samples and learn more about dyes, plants, their uses and history.

To prepare for the workshops:

Bring in three personal items* to transform including fashion or small home goods.  Ideas include napkins, a tee shirt, pillow case, a summer dress, linen trousers, a scarf, a tote 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.

*Note: Unfortunately large and heavy items such as bedding and rugs cannot be accommodated at this time.

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 indigo on – such as jeans!

News…

This is where we will post our latest info, new products, things we like, stuff we find interesting.

Like this:California’s Fibreshed wool and clothing project.

I  met these lovely people at the recent Making Futures conference in Plymouth, where I spoke about making ink with locally sourced materials, to be used in a digital printer.

They were inspirational… could we start one here in Wales…? Maybe the new St Fagan’s National History Museum Gweithdy could be the place.