Natural Dyes Class

How to dye with natural products


Samorn Sanixay

Samorn Sanixay

5k+
4.6 stars (62+)
Sydney Community College

Sydney Community College

4.8 (20)
5k+

6.5 hours Class size 1 to 12 label $195 - $229 ($229 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $207 for 2 guests, $195 for 3+ guests)


Your host, Sydney Community College is COVID-19 aware

This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on maximum number of students per class)

Learn how to dye fabric with natural products like flowers and food scraps at this fun and practical Sydney workshop! You will even take home your own stunning creation printed on silk fabric.

You will learn all of the basics of natural dyeing, easy mordants and how to recreate this all at home.

The full-day workshop will begin with how to gather and reuse materials in your home for zero-waste dyeing, utilising items such as foraged flowers, fallen and fresh leaves, composting scraps, healing herbs and teas. You can then test these items and discover how they create beautiful earthy pinks, golden oranges, soft blues, sunshine yellows and smokey greys! 

Your instructor will then take you through how to naturally mordant your fabric (pretreat for dying) and how to create different dyeing effects. To finish the piece on your silk fabric you will learn basic eco printing techniques and compost dyeing techniques and effects.

At the end of the workshop you will take home the masterpiece you created and useful new skills that will help you move towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Other information

  • Please wear closed-in shoes and old clothes
  • All dyeing materials are natural and non-toxic – but may cause allergies. Please contact us to discuss if you are allergic to any plants, flowers, vegetables or berries


Please note: This class requires a minimum number of students to run. In the unlikely event that we don't get this number of students, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform and fully refund you, so please watch your email/SMS 1 day prior to the class

 



Aside from this class, Sydney Community College also has the following coming up:



Knowledge Required

This is a beginners course, so no previous design, dye or printing experience is required.

What you'll get

  • Handwoven silk scarf (rrp $90 each)

  • Unbleached cotton for colour samples

  • Organic Merino wool piece to use in class

  • Linen table runner to use during class (rrp $75)

  • Unbleached cotton tote bag to use and dye in class

  • Seasonal, natural materials (berries, flowers & plants) all homegrown by Samorn

  • Digital notes


What to bring

  • A garment made from natural fabric to dye (apart from your scarf)

  • Some pre-washed natural fabric to dye (1-2m)

  • 4-5 empty jars to take home your dyes

  • Any local berries, food scraps or flowers you wish to use for dyeing

  • An old shirt or apron to wear while dyeing

  • A notepad and pen or tablet to take notes

  • Lunch, water and snacks – it is a long day!


Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a great Father's Day gift idea.

Location

Sydney Community College - 2A Gordon St Rozelle

Your teacher
Samorn Sanixay

Samorn Sanixay

5k+
4.6 stars (62+)

Samorn Sanixay was born in Laos and the co-founder of Eastern Weft, a weaving cooperative based in Vientiane, Laos. She arrived as a refugee in Australia with her family when she was only 3 years old. Samorn graduated from Griffith University with a B. Arts in Modern Asian Studies (majoring in Political Science) and has Diploma in Japanese language. With almost has almost 15 years experience in sustainable textile manufacturing, Samorn loves to share her knowledge and ignite passion for sustainable craft and textile production!

"Sustainability and Zero Waste is very much a natural part of what we do. We focus on connecting with nature, with the land. As with most indigenous cultures, we work together with the land and build up a knowledge base on which plants can be eaten, used for medicinal purposes and as a source of colour for painting or natural dyes (incl. dirt and minerals), or to build houses.

We’d like people to think about where and how their textiles are made, sourced etc. to be more thoughtful and mindful, they can help change the world even it if is on a small scale.

We want to connect people with one another and also with the environment. Everything starts and ends with nature. In our highly developed societies, I feel we are very disconnected. We’ve lost the knowledge of how things are made, the skills involved, the materials we use, and every human being involved in the process. Once you start asking questions, the answers are even more fascinating. It’s a journey of finding and exploring the process of going back to nature and moving forward."

 




Your host
Sydney Community College
Sydney Community College

4.8 (20)
5k+

Sydney Community College is a social enterprise with a mission to offer innovative continuing adult education programmes that support individual efforts and facilitate sustainable social change.

Our mission is to enrich lives, to strengthen adult individuals and to build communities through innovative high quality continuing education and training.

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