Nature’s Palette: Festive Furoshiki

Deborah Manson
£80 / £45*

Join textile artist Deborah Manson for this one day workshop to learn how to make beautiful natural blues and botanical patterns on cloth using indigo resist dye technique Shibori and bundle dyeing.

‘Furoshiki’ is the Japanese name for a textile wrapping cloth used to wrap objects and gifts. This course will give you an opportunity to experiment with two natural dyeing techniques and create a series of gift wrapping cloths which can be used over and over again. You’ll learn how to make a simple indigo vat which you will share with the group. Deborah will share her own work and her passion for natural dye.

Red Room, Phoenix Art Space

Most materials and equipment are supplied (including 4 x square muslin cloths per student), although you will need to bring the following along:

  • Any additional white or natural colored fabric squares you would like to dye. New or pre-used: 100% cotton, linen or hemp. Please don’t bring man-made fibers as these do not take the dye well. COTTON /LINEN FABRICS MUST BE PRE-WASHED AT A HIGH TEMPERATURE
  • Rubber gloves
  • Apron
  • Notebook

*Please note this course is suitable for children over 10yrs old with an accompanying parent/carer who has bought their own ticket. Children over 14 years old may attend unaccompanied, at full price. Parent/carers must attend the start of the session to register their child and supply an emergency contact number.

Deborah Manson is an artist and maker based in East Sussex. She is interested in the connections between gardening, growing, making and wellbeing. Her studio is an extension of her garden where she grows and harvests dye plants. Her practice is informed by heritage textile craft process’s such as natural dyeing, patchwork and quilting and has expanded to include activities such as foraging, gardening, growing and processing plants, recording, repairing, sharing and facilitating. Deborah studied Visual Communication at Central at Central St Martins and in 2016 she gained her MA in textiles from Chelsea college of art. She exhibits her work in museums and galleries and runs workshops and courses for people of all ages and abilities.

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