Nature’s Palette: Festive Furoshiki

Deborah Manson
£70 / £40*

Join textile artist Deborah Manson for this one day course to learn how to make beautiful natural blues and botanical patterns on cloth using indigo resist dye technique Shibori, bundle dyeing and ‘hap zome’ or flower pounding.

‘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 the three natural dyeing and printing 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 over the weekend. Deborah will share her own samples and her passion for natural dye.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience.

*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.

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, hemp, silk, wool. 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/ SILK AND WOOL MUST BE PRE-WASHED AT RECOMMENDED TEMP
  • Rubber gloves
  • Apron
  • Notebook

Deborah Manson works from her studio in Sussex where she makes textiles and works on paper. Her garden is an extension of the studio where she grows and processes plants for natural dyeing. Her practice engages deeply with the act of making, an exploration of materials and the natural world. Her aesthetic – lo-fi, handmade, imperfect – evolves from her interest in age old craft techniques and the cross overs between art, design and craft. Whether working with paper or cloth she explores colour relationships, placement and composition and the juxtaposition of materials and textures. Deborah studied Visual Communication at Central St Martins and Textile Design at 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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