Textiles: printing with natural dyes

Course Dates: 19/01/25 - 02/02/25
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: 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.
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Textiles: printing with natural dyes
  • Course Code: VX417
  • Dates: 19/01/25 - 02/02/25
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Lara Mantell

Course Code: VX417

Sun, day, 19 Jan - 02 Feb '25

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

- A modern interpretation of the ancient craft of printing natural dyes onto fabric
- Explore ideas for printing sustainably by using low-tech methods; mono-printing and cut-paper stencils
- Learn how to screen print onto a wide range of natural fabrics; linen, cotton, wool, and silk
- The structure of the course is ideal for beginners, or professionals whose skills may need updating
- Each session will involve demonstrations of techniques, to enable students to mordant fabric safely, and use natural dye extracts.
-There will be plenty of opportunities to explore design ideas, and practice printing sample pieces of fabric
- We will look at creating individual colour palettes, to make this a very personal project
- By the end of the course you will have printed a number of samples, and started to make a unique natural print reference book.

What will we cover?

- Creating simple textile print designs
- Printing onto a variety of natural fabrics
- How to mix natural dye extracts for printing onto fabric
- Safe use of mordents, and their role in the natural printing workshop
- Low-tech printing methods such as cut-paper stencils and mono-print
- Produce colour palettes, and begin to match natural dye colours to colour swatches
- Learn how to create natural dye prints that are robust and wash-fast
- Understand how to replicate the techniques at home, or in a small print workshop.
- Making a natural dye print reference book.

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

- Hand screen print fabrics with your own design, using natural dyes
- Describe how to use mordants and natural dyes in a safe way
- Produce prints, in a range of colours, onto a variety of natural fabrics
- Make a natural dye print reference book.

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

The course is structured so that it is suitable for beginners through to more experienced artists.
Suitable for textile print designers interested in learning a new skill, screen printers who would like the experience of printing with alternative dyes mediums or natural dyers who want to understand how to translate their work into screen printing.
Suitable for environmentally conscious artists who want to print colour and pattern.

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

- Practical demonstrations to the group, and to individuals.
- A mix of individual tuition and group discussions.
- Visual examples of natural dye prints and colours will be available to study.
- There will be hand-outs of the recipes, and supplier’s details.

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

Colour inspiration, to inform your personal colour palette.
A sketchbook, or other visual reference material to inspire the shapes and imagery printed.
All basic materials will be provided, but you may wish to bring a couple of extra pieces of natural fabric (cotton, linen, silk, wool) to supplement and add contrast to the fabric provided.
Apron and gloves (there are some available to borrow)
Wear sturdy shoes and old clothes – be prepared to get messy!

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

City Lit offers a wide range of courses in Textiles and Contemporary crafts that are ideal for beginners, advanced learners and professional practitioners.

Please browse the website for our upcoming courses
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Lara Mantell

Lara is a printed textile designer, with a passion for colour, pattern and mark-making. She holds a degree in Fashion and Textile design from Brighton University, and a PgCert in teaching adults. Lara draws inspiration for her designs from landscapes, gardens and foliage. Her colourful and joyful hand-printed fabrics are lyrical and abstracted representations of this environment. She has sold work to major fashion brands, printed scarfs and hangings, and exhibited her intricately printed designs. Lara uses her eclectic repertoire of print, dye and design knowledge to research contemporary printing with natural dyes. These experimental prints inform and shape her current professional practice. Lara is a founding member of Ceres; an eco- conscious trio who collaborate on environmental and sustainable design projects. Lara enjoys sharing her creative ideas; and is short course tutor at University of the Arts London, West Dean College, and other education venues. At City Lit, she teaches a range of specialist courses that include; shibori and indigo, drawing for textile design, dye techniques, and natural dye printing.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.