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Natural Dyeing

Discover nature’s hidden sources of colour

This 3-hr workshop will run on the following dates in 2022:

Sunday 6 February / Sat 1 October / Sat 10 December

from $81 | 1/2 day

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If you have always wanted to try your hand at Bush Dyeing then this is the class for you!

Indigenous peoples have been carrying out the practice of Eco Dye for thousands of years & passing on this knowledge.
This eco dyeing workshop provides an opportunity to connect to the natural environment and promote sustainable practices through the use of these traditional dyeing methods using natural and found objects. Join Kylie as she guides you through experimenting with swatches of fabric using different plant materials (readily available native plants like eucalyptus & food waste such as onion skins.) You will then progress to dyeing a garment of your choice using provided organic unbleached calico bags if preferred.

Kylie (she/her) is a proud Darug and Wiradjuri First Nations person who grew up in country NSW, residing on the Mornington Peninsula for the past decade.

As a certified Nature Based Therapist and Wayapa Instructor (ancient earth indigenous movement practice) and Shinrin Yoku Practitioner her focus is on using Nature for wellness.

Embedding Culture into every day life is something she is passionate about.

Cooking with native ingredients, foraging, bush dyeing and nature journaling are some of her favourite pursuits.

What you will learn

  • Sustainable ways to collect and forage Native plant material
  • How to safely prepare a Dye Bath specifically for dyeing with Native plants
  • How to pre-mordant for popular garden plants
  • How to care for your pieces afterwards
  • Some useful tips for how to bundle dye and work with different fabrics
  • About the benefits of using Native Plants.

What to bring

  • Any additional plants or food waste from home if you wish (plenty of items will also be provided)
  • A white or light garment of your choice you wish to dye (calico bags and plenty of fabric swatches will be provided)
    note: no Lycra fabric please as this is dye resistant

What you will get

  • Handouts to take home
  • Your own unique hand dyed creation!

What to wear

Casual, comfortable clothing

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.

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