Colour Your Palette

This five-day retreat is an in-depth study of adding colour (dyeing) and removing colour (discharge). Working from your own sources of inspiration you will create a co-ordinated collection of beautiful plain and patterned fabrics using Procion dyes and dye paints. We will experiment with different discharge media to create complex, layered cloth. And we will explore Indigo and rust-like dyeing as alternative ways of adding colour to cloth.

·         Learn how to mix simple and complex colours using Procion dyes.

·         Develop colour families from your own sources of inspiration and use high immersion bucket dyeing to create a palette of 15 co-ordinating 'nearly' solid coloured fabrics.

·         Play with low immersion dyeing and tray dyeing with single or multiple colours to create texture and organic patterning.

·         Practice a wide variety of ‘resist’ methods – stitch, clamp and folding techniques in dye baths, and use dye paints with soya wax, water-based glue and flour resists.

·         Study how Formosol, Thiox and household bleach remove colours differently.

·         Combine discharge methods with resist techniques to remove colour creating layers of pattern.

·         Learn how to Indigo dye with stitch resist (Shibori) to create distinctive blue and white effects. Consider what happens if you start with dyed fabric or over dye your Indigo pieces.

·         Create quick rust effects by dyeing with Ferrous Sulphate and tea.

·         Take your cloth further by introducing other techniques such as screen or thermofax printing.

You’ll be encouraged to start your own colour diary and can create colour blankets to use as reference at home. And yes, we will talk about how you could use all your beautiful, unique fabric!

With a maximum of 6 students you’ll get lots of one to one support from Leah, group demonstrations and detailed class notes. How much fabric you will use depends on your own personal style of working. Expect to use at least 8 metres but this could be higher. The workshops will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day with the studio opening at 8.30am and closing at 5pm.

The total cost for the course is £375. A £125 fee is payable on booking. The remaining £250 will be payable 6 weeks before the course start date.

The cost includes hot and cold drinks, cake and fruit, and a simple lunch each day. Most of the materials (except fabric), media and equipment needed for the workshops will be provided. You will be given requirement list but I aim to keep these as short as possible. The studio will be stocked with a selection of the fabrics, Procion dyes, screen printing inks, auxiliary chemicals, screen printing screens and equipment for students to buy so that you can continue your studies at home.

Cancellation policy: This workshop will only run if 4 or more people enrol. If there is a shortfall you will receive a full refund. And you will, of course, receive a full refund if I cancel the course. However please be aware that a refund will not be given in any other circumstances unless your place can be filled.