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Natural Dyeing

Be inspired as the plants imprinted their magic on the fabric. In this hands-on workshop students will explore the creative process of creating natural pigments from medicinal plants. 

Natural Dyeing Workshop

Sunday, September 17, 2017 from
with Diana Millar

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class description

In this afternoon class you'll learn how to prepare and scour materials for natural fabric dyeing. We'll discuss how to create dye pots and how to use mordants to achieve a range of colours.

You will gather different flowers, leaves, and berries from the garden to use to create subtle hues and designs. Using local and native plants, each student will get to explore hands-on techniques in each of the different natural dyeing methods. 

Natural dyeing is a beautiful way to extend your study of medicinal herbs. A way to connect into the harvest and preserve your time with the plants by wearing them.

Thanks for taking the time to prepare such a lovely introductory workshop to natural dyeing. I appreciated the simplicity of it, that you made it seem very doable (and it is) yet I know it’s also possible to get into creating some really complex pieces, as it is with any form of art. I was quite taken with the range of colours to be had - subtle to vibrant and all beautiful - and look forward to exploring and working with different plants and fabrics.
— Mary-Lou

about your instructor

Diana Millar has always been drawn to practices that allow her to combine her love of Arts & Sciences. As the co-owner of LUZ Studios in Victoria, she has led numerous workshops in historical photographic, printmaking and encaustic processes around North America. For Diana, natural dying is an extension of her study of medicinal herbs, and a way to explore, preserve and wear these beautiful plants. She works with local and native plants that she forages on Vancouver Island. In a world where everything and everyone moves so fast, she loves working in 'slow' and natural processes.