Introduction to Printing with Natural Dyes & Bio-waste onto fabric 10 January 2020 10:00 – 16:00

You will learn how to make a print paste using natural dye extracts, bio-waste and modifiers.
There will also be the opportunity to see examples of naturally dyed and printed textiles made by the Ceres collective during their residency at The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture. Ceres researched the MoDA archive through a lens of sustainability producing a range of designs using only natural dyes and natural dye print pastes.
This course is open to all abilities as a simple introduction to silk-screen printing using natural dye print pastes. It is also suitable if you have attended related textile courses and you wish to further develop your skills, including the use of modifiers and bio-waste print pastes. In addition, it may appeal to those who already have some experience of textile design and printing, but would like to experience alternative sustainable practise.
The Workshop is open to all.
Full payment is required to secure a place.
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Introduction to Printing with Natural Dyes & Bio-waste onto paper 11 January 2020 10:00 – 13:00

You will print with pastes produced from bio-waste, natural dye extracts and modifiers. There will also be the opportunity to see examples of plant print pastes on paper.This course is open to all abilities as a simple introduction to screen printing using natural dye print pastes. It is also suitable if you have attended related print courses andyouwishtofurtherdevelopyourskills,includingtheuseofmodifiersandbio-waste print pastes. In addition, it may appeal to those who already have some experience of printing on paper, but would like to experience alternative sustainable practice.
The Workshop is open to all.
Full payment is required to secure a place.
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Ekta Kaul Shibori and Natural Dyeing Workshop 7 February 2020 10:00 – 16:00

Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. This workshop is aimed at textile enthusiasts who wish to learn sustainable ways of dyeing and want to create pattern using Shibori techniques. Over the course of the day, we will focus on the creation of pattern through exploring Shibori techniques, whilst learning how to prepare your fabrics for dyeing through the use of mordant, and explore natural dyes through the use of Logwood.
Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and an experienced educator. She set up her studio practice after winning the Craft Council’s prestigious business set up award Next Move. Her work is held in several private collections and is stocked at select galleries and stores the UK, the US and Japan. Ekta regularly exhibits at national and international events and works from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury, Central London.
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Ann Richards + Deirdre Wood Weaving, pure and simple – with a backstrap Loom Friday 17 April 10:00 – 16:00 plus Saturday 18 April 2020 10:00 – 13:00

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You will learn how to make a warp and set up a rigid heddle backstrap loom, which can be used to weave narrow strips of cloth suitable for a variety of items, including bracelets, bags, table mats and wall-hangings. As you experiment with various techniques and materials, including different colour combinations and yarns of different thickness and stiffness, you will also discover how the qualities of cloth can be altered by wet finishing.
There will also be the opportunity to examine examples of back-strap weaving and textiles from Ann and Deirdre’s collections, including traditional pieces that have been assembled from narrow strips of fabric.
This course is particularly suitable for beginners, as it gives a basic introduction to weaving, without any of the complex equipment that is normally needed. It will also be suitable if you have attended related courses on simple weaving and you wish to further develop your skills, including the use of two rigid heddles for more complex weave structures. In addition, it may appeal to those who already have some experience of weaving on conventional looms, but would like to experience the simplicity and portability of the rigid heddle backstrap loom.
Please note weaving is a physical, but rewarding process and this method involves fixing a loom around your back to weave.
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Booking details

All workshops are for 10-12 people unless otherwise stated. Priority will be given to Guild members until 2 months before, when they will be opened to anyone interested. Non-members can express an interest at any time and will be contacted when public booking opens. Bookings can be made by emailing Mandy + Karen at workshop@londonguildofweavers.org.uk. Full payment is required to secure a place. All workshops are held at

Location

The Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5JT