Wednesday 15 March / 10:45am–4:30pm (Fully Booked)
Learn the basics of one of the oldest types of printmaking in this one day workshop with Botanical Inks founder Babs Behan. The workshop will begin with an introductory talk on natural dyes and block printing followed by time in the Josef Frank exhibition to gather inspiration and draw up ideas for print designs. Participants will then cut their blocks before breaking for lunch. In the afternoon there will be time to practice block printing before printing a final piece on calico. If there is time at the end the end of the class there may be the opportunity to include some natural dye ink mixing.
Materials and a length of calico will be provided for each participant. Other fabrics will be available to purchase at an additional cost from the tutor, on the day.
Botanical Inks is a platform for re-skilling creative communities with local plant knowledge and contemporary traditional “low-impact” surface application techniques. They teach people to forage for local colour producing plants and use a variety of dye and print processes, without the use of any toxic synthetic chemicals or heavy metals. For more information: www.botanicalinks.com
Babs Behan is a Botanical and Mineral Artist specialising in non-toxic, plant-based surface application techniques. After travelling the world learning traditional printing techniques in Northern India, foraging madder and Indigo for silk dying in Laos, and learning from a Quechuan natural dye master in Peru, Babs founded the Bristol Cloth project producing cloth focusing on local materials and manufacture for which Botanical Inks supplies naturally dyed yarn.
Price: £90 including materials and exhibition entry.
Part of the Festival of Textiles 2017
Image: Josef Frank, Textil Dixieland © Svenskt Tenn.Frequently Asked Questions