Eco Dyeing in the City

I have just spent two wonderful days teaching an eco dyeing workshop for the Western Australian Fibre and Textile Association

They are based (along with many other textile related groups) at Alexander Park Craft House – a really lovely venue in Menora.

I was extremely flattered when the workshop sold out within days of being advertised way back in April and very keen to meet  a group of fellow textile artists interested in exploring  ways of using plants to dye fabric.

I was too busy to take photos during the workshop so these pics come courtesy of workshop facilitator and my wonderful host Margaret Ford – you can see her recent work here:


Loads of potential colour here – photo by Margaret Ford


We started with some very simple shibori techniques – the unveiling – photo by Margaret Ford


That E.cinerea is potent – photo by Margaret Ford

There were some fabulous dyed pieces revealed over the course of two days.

I really enjoyed my stay in the city – including being able to walk a short distance on the last evening to peruse the myriad restaurants along Beaufort Street – ending up in a Nepalese/Himalayan restaurant and eating the most divine goat curry and a delicious chicken dish cooked in a tandoori oven.

I surprised myself at the ease of getting back on to the freeway thanks to Margaret’s excellent directions and had an easy drive home.


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