Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)
Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)

Eco Dyeing Workshop (3 July 2022)

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Eco Dyeing Workshop with Kris Morriss: 10–3pm Sunday 3 July 2022

Have you ever thought it is better to wear natural materials and to have natural fabrics in your home? Take this idea further and your fabrics can carry the very essence of nature by imprinting them with natural signatures taken directly from leaves and flowers. Join artist Kris Morriss for this workshop to learn how to create eco-dyed textiles to wear and adorn your home.

In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of eco dyeing fabrics and paper, including the science, traditional dyeing techniques, and tried and tested plant materials. Kris will guide you through the design and composition process and how to achieve defined shapes and vivid colours, which are key to creating eco-dyed art.

You will produce two eco-dyed textiles from your choice of silk scarves, silk pillow cases, or cotton t-shirts (several sizes will be available); plus several pieces of beautiful eco-dyed paper for you to use as special notepaper or cards. Your finished pieces will make beautiful items for you to enjoy or gift to loved ones. You will also receive a handbook to take home to help you in your future dyeing experiments.

Kris Morriss is an artist with a background in photography and illustration that has transitioned into a growing fascination with the art of eco-dyeing. She lives on a rural property in Mapleton and works as a Secondary Art Teacher at Sunshine Beach High School, both of which provides endless inspiration for plant materials and designs from the forest to the beach. Kris' designs are in high demand at south-east Queensland artisan markets, including the weekly Eumundi Market and the seasonal Plant Empire Market in Yeerongpilly. In 2020, she received a "highly commended" prize from the inaugural Plant Empire Garden Art Exhibition for one of her beautiful eco-dyed silk scarves. 

What to bring? (Hint: nothing!)

All materials are provided for this workshop: all you need to bring is an open mind! Kris specifically asks you to release any attachment to the outcome, and let the natural materials that you are using inspire you through the process. Kris will bring plenty of leaves that are guaranteed "printers" for you to use in your designs. There is no need for you to bring your own  materials, but you are most welcome to bring leaves or flowers from your own garden to create a personalised work. True to the sustainability theme of this workshop, we ask that you please only take what you need (a shoebox full would be plenty if you only wanted to use your own): be considerate of the environment and source leaves ethically. 

While we can't guarantee that your leaves will produce colour, they are guaranteed to add to the surprise of unbundling. Please note that a lot of flowers do not produce strong colours, but you can usually research flowers of interest to see if they are likely to work. Leaves that we know from experience are good "printers" for eco dyeing include: Grevillea; Eucalyptus; Maple and Liquid Amber; Passionfruit; Ginko; Acacia; Bracken and Ferns; Rose (leaves and petals); Bleeding Heart; Kaffir Lime; Feijoa; Orange; Lemon; Mulberry; and She Oak. Avoid waxy leaves as a general rule. There are so many different leaves you can try, it really is about experimentation!

All levels of experience are welcome in this workshop: it is suitable for people with little or no dyeing experience. The workshop timeframe includes an hour's break while your textiles do their work in the boiler. Please bring an apron if you'd like to wear one (they are great for drying hands while you work), or else just wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet (don't worry - they won't be stained!). You might like to bring a plastic bag to take wet silks home with you, but we will have some on hand in case you forget. Kris will also have a selection of fabric "blanks" available for sale for those who catch the eco-dyeing bug and want to continue dyeing at home.

Morning tea will be provided.

Cost: $180 / $162 (Multi-pass)

Multi-pass discount: Sign up for 2 or more Plant Empire events, or register 2 or more people for the same event, to receive 10% off the ticket price (discount will appear at checkout).