Nature’s Palette: Natural Dye & Botanical Print Weekend

Deborah Manson

Join artist Deborah Manson for this weekend course that will introduce you to the gentle art of natural dye and botanical print using dried plant dyes, seasonal plants and food waste. We will experiment with different plants to produce a range of colour samples on silk linen and wool. Deborah will show you how to use modifiers to shift colours and you’ll produce your own sample book of traditional dye colours. You’ll also learn how to use plant materials to produce beautiful colours and patterns onto a silk scarf using the bundle dye method.

Over the weekend Deborah will demonstrate techniques, share her own work, her library of botanical colour and her passion for growing plants and natural dye.

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

“Deborah’s course was hugely enjoyable and informative. We learnt so much in two days, and each left with a wonderful array of colours in many shades. We also had fun bundle dying silk scarves and samples in cotton and linen. I now want to experiment much further. Deborah is a generous, helpful teacher who creates a lovely calm, focused atmosphere. She gave lots of handouts and advice, and was really well prepared. She also brought in beautiful examples of her own work using natural dyes which was very inspiring. A brilliant course, thank you!” – Response from previous student.

Red Room, Phoenix Art Space

Most materials are supplied although students will need to bring the following along:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Apron
  • A small amount of foraged or waste plant materials as advised in advance of the course
  • Dress making pins
  • A pair of fabric scissors

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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