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BACKYARD NATURAL DYEING

  • Pocket City Farms 31A Mallett Street Camperdown, NSW, 2050 Australia (map)
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Join Samorn Sanixay for a full day to explore the beauty of natural dyeing. You will begin the class with a stroll around the farm to forage, gather and learn about the history of this beautiful ancient tradition as well as the methods used when collecting seasonal, local plants to make homemade dyes.

Learn about local native plants, berries and flowers, their dyeing properties, how to extract the colour and methods used to obtain different shades of pigments. Rounding it all off with the traditional techniques used to set dyes.

Bring earthly delights from your garden or veggie and fruit scraps. Why you wonder? You will use these to dye and decorate a “compost scarf” to take away as your very own creation. A garment beautified with waste? Now we're talking. 

In this hands-on workshop you will explore a variety of natural hand dyeing and colour application techniques and create your own fabulous colours on fabric using natural methods and materials. No previous design or printing experience required.

Cost: $200

Provided: One plain silk scarf + one plain tote bag + one piece of merino wool +unbleached fabric to use during class. Each technique which will be a collection of colour swatches and patterns to take away.

Bring:
Fruit + veg scraps or delights from your garden to decorate your very own 'compost scarf'
Notebook + Pen
Jars with lids to take home extra dye made on the day
Any extra clothing items or pieces of cloth (linen, cotton, silk, wool) you might like to dye
Bag to put your dyed creations in to

The teacher: Samorn Sanixay was born in Laos and the co-founder of Eastern Weft, a weaving cooperative based in Vientiane. Laos. She arrived as a refugee in Australia with her family when she was only 3 years old. Samorn graduated from Griffith University with a B. Arts in Modern Asian Studies (majoring in Political Science) and has Diploma in Japanese language. With almost has almost 15 years experience in sustainable textile manufacturing, Samorn comes to you today excited to share her knowledge and ignite your passion for sustainable craft and textile production.

Earlier Event: March 23
COMPOST 101
Later Event: April 3
FARM CHATS // GARDENS AS THERAPY