Zero-Waste Organic Eco Dyeing Workshop

Learn how to colour cloth with the magic of plants!



3.5 hours Class size 1 to 14

label $130 (or 4 payments of $32.50 Afterpay)

Join artist Nicole Barakat at Reverse Garbage in Marrickville for a fun and engaging workshop playing with plants to colour cloth!

In this beginner-friendly workshop, Nicole will generously share her skills and knowledge from her 20 years of experience working with plant materials to dye cloth in ethical and sensitive ways.

Learn a number of eco-dyeing techniques including, immersive dyeing, resist dyeing and eco-printing. Use readily available plant materials with affordable and accessible techniques that can be replicated at home.

Gather your friends and join us for an enjoyable and creative evening! You will take home your dyed clothing item home with you and the knowledge to continue this practical craft at home.

Please aim to arrive at 5:20pm for a 5:30pm start. The workshop will conclude at 9:00pm.

Add-on available for this class
  • BYO (RSA) ($150)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
 
What you'll get
Light refreshments will be provided.
 
What to bring
Participants should bring a light-coloured (white/beige) 100 per cent silk or wool clothing item or piece of fabric (or two). Please don't buy new, consider something reused or secondhand.
 
Location

Reverse Garbage Education Programs - Reverse Garbage NSW, 30 Carrington Road, Marrickville NSW

Zero-Waste Organic Eco Dyeing Workshop location
Your teacher
Nicole Barakat

Nicole Barakat

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Nicole Barakat is an artist and educator who works with deep listening and intuitive processes, with the intention to transform the conditions of everyday life. Nicole has worked as an educator in the arts for over 20 years, including lecturing in Fine Arts (textiles) at UNSW Art & Design (2003 – 2011) and working as an artist-educator at the Art Gallery of NSW (2016 – 2018) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2013 – present).

Nicole learnt to dye cloth with plants 25 years ago on the banks of the Murrumbidgee on Wiradjuri Country, under the guidance of Julie Montgarrett and Ruth Hadlow. Nicole has developed her dyeing practice in ethical and sensitive ways, in line with her cultural practices that are rooted in remembering and re-gathering her ancestral knowledge. In 2021, Nicole created a large-scale, collaborative eco-dyed artwork with the Rohingya Women’s Development Organisation for the Powerhouse Museum’s exhibition Eucalyptusdom.




Your host
Reverse Garbage
Reverse Garbage

4.9 (328)
Instagram followers12k

We are a creative reuse centre making a difference in the world by reducing waste and creating change in the way we look at resources.

We run workshops for kids, adults and community groups so everyone can learn how to consume less and make more! With us, you'll see the creative potential in leftover and castaway materials to save them from going into landfill.

At Reverse Garbage you’ll find the materials, skills and inspiration you need to live more creatively, more sustainably and more meaningfully.


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Emma Roberts Mar 2023


I thoroughly enjoyed the zero waste, eco dyeing workshop and I would highly recommend attending this class.

Nicole was an excellent teacher and I found the whole process very easy to follow. I really enjoyed being able to experiment with different plant based and metal materials and experiencing the outcome of how these materials affected the final dyeing progress.
I am inspired to continue what I've learnt in the workshop at home and share my knowledge with friends!

Penny Dalla Feb 2023


Such a great workshop! There was a lot of information for Nicole to cover, but she broke the material down and paced the time very well. I thoroughly enjoyed the class can’t wait to play around with all we learnt some more at home :)

Barbara Karena Feb 2023


Really fun and interesting experience.
Nicole was such a great teacher and very generous in sharing her knowledge and interacted well with everyone.
Highly recommended

Zero-Waste Organic Eco Dyeing Workshop review by Barbara Karena - Sydney

Polly Howard Feb 2023


So much fun! I was new to eco dyeing -
Nicole made us feel totally comfortable and explained the processes so well. Keen to have a go at home now. Nicole has a wonderful host and the new venue is perfect for this kind of thing. Thank you Nicole and all the other participates for a great evening!.

Rebecca Gurney Feb 2023


Thank you Nicole, and Reverse Garbage, for this fantastic workshop. The set up was incredible, such a functional and inspiring space, it felt very welcoming. Everything was so organised, with quality supplies provided [plus lovely snacks] , and most importantly the teaching was clear, and I learned so much in a short time. Best of all was that the teacher, Nicole, is obviously so passionate and interested in the process, down to the significance of each individual materials' provenance. Overall a special experience. Thanks again

Alison Gould Feb 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


This was a great intro to eco dyes! I’ve come home with a couple of absolute. Beauties and learned enough to do more at home.

Zero-Waste Organic Eco Dyeing Workshop review by Alison Gould - Sydney

Skye Feb 2023


I really enjoyed the class, Nicole was an excellent teacher and managed to experiment a lot.

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