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 http://wafta.com.au

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: http://waftatwentyoneplus.com.au

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Loads of potential colour here – photo by Margaret Ford

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

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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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