Experimental dye with food and garden waste

Course Dates: 22/01/22 - 12/02/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
Explore, experiment and develop interesting colour palettes using a variety of natural dyes from common food and garden waste in natural fabrics. Learn bundle dyeing and botanical print techniques to create your personal dye swatchbook to record your natural dyeing results for future use.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

Course Code: VO131

Sat, day, 22 Jan - 12 Feb '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

On this course we will learn how to extract pigments from different foodand gardenwastewe have at home to createbeautifulnatural dyes.We will also learn some resist dye andprint techniques such as shibori, bundle dyeing and botanical prin tto create exciting patterns and random shapes on our fabrics.You will be shown tools on how to mordant your fibers and record your pigment results for further use.This course will be very practical,hands-on and experimental. To keep things flowing we will look at some classic and contemporary natural tie dye examples around the world.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Session 1- On this first session we will have an introduction to natural dyeing with food and garden waste, see some samples and explainthe basic procedures to extract colours. We will talk about mordants and make two mordant baths.

Session 2 - Will be about learning different ways of tying, pinching and folding fabrics,including shibori techniques. We will also start extracting pigments from food waste

Session 3 - We will use our time to learn how to bundle dye and botanical print with food waste and harvested plants.

Session 4 - We will learn about working with iron water and we will use rusty elements to create patterns on fabric.We will also do some painting with organic material, including mud and soy milk.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

All students will be able to:
- Extract pigments from food waste and plants for dyeing fabrics
- Make a dye bath
- Use a sketchbook to research and develop design ideas from a theme
- Work with a variety of dye techniques
- Understand the importance of mordants on natural dyeing
- Hove some understanding of natural dyeing processes

Intermediate students will be able to:
- Further exploreresist dye and natural printing techniques
- Extend design challenges for personal projects.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for beginners or intermediate students that want to extend their dyeing and design skills within a structured course.You should be able to have a basic knowledge of how to operate a computer and follow written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. Participation in group discussion is encouraged. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This will be a live online course and you will need;
- Internet connection the classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.

We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
As some of the food waste will require several hours for their pigment to be extracted, please allow yourself sometime out of class to work with the dyes for best results.
You will be taught with online practical demonstrations to the group and individual helpwhere needed.
Digital handouts will be provided where they are useful. Samples andexamples will be shown and further supported with a variety of books and PowerPointpresentations. There will be some informal group discussions and feedback will be givenboth individually and within the group.
There will be suggestions for some homework that will help the projects move on. This willinclude simple exercises like making a moodboard, foraging some plants, collecting imagesfrom magazines and looking up for certain examples on the internet.Students may enjoy working in their sketchbook outside of the classroom to enrich theirsessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will certainly have most of the materials used for this course already in your kitchen.
A full list of materials,including natural fabrics will be provided in advance for enrolled students.
Equipment required will include: a big pot, a long wooden spoon, a strainer and tongs.You will also need access to your stove.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offers a wide range of courses in Textiles and contemporary crafts for beginners and advanced learners to professional practitioners. Please browse the website for upcoming courses.

Renata Minoldo

Renata Minoldo is an artist and educator exploring the physical and emotional body through textiles, sculpture and experiences with people. She has an academic training in Fashion and Visual Arts and hands on experience in the Fashion Industry working in London and New York. She is interested in alternative ways to approaching art education, aiming to stimulate an intuitive learning and focusing on the individual processes and needs. She works with a wide variety of people, from children in galleries and primary schools to teenagers and older adults in community centres, charities and public spaces. Her work has been awarded with residencies internationally. https://www.renataminoldo.com/

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