This course is for beginners, and those returning to this heritage skill of dyeing textiles with plants.
Learn the basic principles of using dye plants, extracting dye, understanding mordants, modifying colour, and considering the place for plant dyes in relation to regenerative practices and ecological crisis. There will also be some opportunity to use dyestuffs gathered from the gorgeous hedgerows or gardens at the husbandry school.
Costs include materials to use in the dye-pots, and to take home.
Please bring an apron if you have one and suitable clothing (including shoes) for working with dyes outdoors.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided from produce grown at the Husbandry School, naturally.
About the tutor; Lucy Lepchani
Lucy is an Adult Education tutor, creative practitioner, and life coach/therapist. These different roles are linked by love and appreciation for the stories of ordinary people’s lives, challenges and journeys, and how these comprise our diverse, collective heritage.
She is also drawn to the narratives of the sensory, sensual natural world; creating and extrapolating stories from places, events and objects and locating adventure in the everyday and the ordinary.
As a creative practitioner, Lucy works with poetry, fiction, community radio, sensory arts and crafts, movement and theatre, foraging, and textiles. Her studio is at her desk or the kitchen sink or the back yard, or an opportune space in a shared creative hub, backstage, or in the limelight, or some birdsong festooned nook in the natural world.