Textile dye and print

Come and join us on our dye and print courses and experience the immediacy and satisfaction of applying colour to cloth. We offer masterclasses in specific and experimental dye and print techniques such as natural dyeing, silk screen printing, printing with dyes… for learners wishing to leave with armfuls of samples. Our classes provide a comprehensive overview of processes from start to finish, leaving you with a thorough understanding of the technique and bundles of ideas for how to develop your ideas further.

Fully Health and Safety compliant, our tutors ensure your safety from the moment you step into the studio. Aprons, gloves, masks are all provided and small class sizes ensure our tutors can monitor individual progress.

Print and dye tutors at City Lit are all practising artists, makers and designers with highly specialist knowledge. Their professional experience of designing, making and exhibiting within their own practices will inspire you in every class, pushing you to realise your ambitions or helping you to discover your passion.

If digital design and print is more your thing, have a browse of our Textile design and software page for our range of courses using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

  1. Experimental dye with food and garden waste

    Experimental dye with food and garden waste

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore, experiment and develop a variety of natural dyes from common food waste to use in natural fabrics. Learn bundle dye and botanical print. Create your own exciting natural colour palette and make your dye swatch book. Learn to record your natural dyeing results for further use.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  2. Textile and surface pattern: from drawing to digital print

    Textile and surface pattern: from drawing to digital print

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings. Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design ideas for textiles: interiors, fashion, stationery or text.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  3. Introduction to Shibori dyeing

    Introduction to Shibori dyeing

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shibori is an exciting way of using traditional resist techniques to create unique patterns and shapes whilst dyeing fabric. We will explore folding, tieing, and stitching materials, before immersing them in synthetic and natural dyes.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Introduction to printing with natural dyes

    Introduction to printing with natural dyes

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover contemporary techniques of printing onto fabric with natural dyes. Through demonstrations, personal exploration, and individual tuition you will learn how to use mordents and natural dye colours, and transform your textile designs into prints.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  5. Introduction to digitally printed textiles

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Refine print techniques and knowledge in this intermediate surface course. Expand skills experimenting with layering techniques for fashion art or interior applications. Work to a brief or explore personal themes and concepts to develop your creative practice or project.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  6. Textiles: natural dye and colour

    Textiles: natural dye and colour

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Expand knowledge of sustainable processes and colour principles with this intermediate natural dye course. Develop colour mixing and define your palette for your practice or project. Increase awareness and skills extending ideas while creating for fashion art or interior applications.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  7. City Lit textiles: colour, print, pattern

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore various ways of colouring and printing onto fabric through this project based course. Introducing techniques and design process develop a portfolio of textile samples, a sketchbook of research and aim towards finished work.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £200.00

  8. Colour and abstract design for textiles and surface pattern

    Colour and abstract design for textiles and surface pattern

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A creative exploration of colour and abstract design for textiles. Explore and develop your understanding of colour using using paper dyes to create your own abstract imagery.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  9. Woven textiles: experimental dye and colouring

    Woven textiles: experimental dye and colouring

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore experimental dyeing techniques with hand weaving developing intriguing textures, colour and surfaces. Develop your understanding of yarns, dyed textiles mixing the two creating unique art pieces or samples for interior or fashion.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. Textiles: constructing pattern, colouring cloth

    Textiles: constructing pattern, colouring cloth

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experiment with a range of heat transfer processes and hand painting methods. Develop initial ideas through mark-making and collage. Create fabrics or art works using a personal colour palette and embellish surface through foil print and simple stitch marks.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Print and dye: polychromatic fabric printing

    Print and dye: polychromatic fabric printing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experiment with polychromatic print onto fabric and paper, exploring the creative potential of Procion dyes and silk screen printing. Processes include mark making, hand painting, resists, stencils and layering. Develop personal designs, textile samples and artwork.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  12. Textiles: indigo shibori dyeing

    Textiles: indigo shibori dyeing

    Course Date: Tue 13 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Produce your own indigo hand dyed fabrics using pleating, stitch and wrapping methods. Explore the magical combination of indigo dye and shibori resist techniques.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  13. Textiles: waxed surfaces

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the different ways wax can be used on paper and fabric; create surface decoration using a range of resist techniques or alter the structure of a surface and experiment with translucency, structure and stitch.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  14. Textiles: basics for beginners

    Textiles: basics for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 5 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get started with the basics of textiles by painting, printing and stitching fabric. Combine simple practical techniques with design work in colour, texture, pattern and composition.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £90.00

  15. City Lit advanced textile art course

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take your textiles to another level with this stimulating two year advanced course. Open up new perspectives for your work as you explore a range of technical and visual research methods in response to a theme. These will include approaches to drawing, contextual studies, mixed media, dye and print, stitch and constructed textiles. You will be guided and supported throughout by regular tutorials and workshops that stretch your individual textile practice. The course will culminate in a public exhibition at the end of year two.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £2,299.00
    Senior fee: £2,299.00
    Concession: £1,402.00

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