A journey of local cloth that explores
the Garden of England
through natural colour & local fibres
In this series of workshops in different locations throughout Kent over the coming year, Fergus will facilitate the group in the discovery of natural colours that can be sourced from the local area. These colours are often apparent, but also often hidden within plants, fungi, and seaweeds, within roots, barks, berries, and leaves of countless botanicals.
Working with differently mordanted fabrics, and through the creation and use of paper made from different mushroom species, participants will discover the many unique variables involved in the extraction and setting down of colour. There really is a kaleidoscopic range of colour discovering opportunities to be had from an exploration of the natural world all around us, and it is, in part, the unique variables of time, place, and extraction technique, that will determine the final range of colours produced. Indeed, although 100s of botanicals can be used, it is worth noting that the famous illuminated manuscript that is the Lindesfarne Gospel, although produced many centuries ago, around 715 AD, derives its 90 different colours from just 6 sources.
Come and join Fergus to begin or extend your appreciation of the richly coloured world around you, and learn how to tap into that source of endless creative possibilities.
Participants will be given the opportunity to explore the Garden of England with seasonal guided walks sharing expertise and learning about botanics and natural dyes.
Through drawing, cyanotype and screen-printing techniques. You will learn how to transform natural dyes into pastes suitable for textile screen printing.
We will use a combination of photo stencil techniques, direct printing and paper stencils to create striking plant-based designs celebrate the natural world and the potential of natural colour printed onto plant based fibres grown
and woven in Europe as well as vintage linen.
Come and join us at No. 34 and screen print onto fabric with artist Fran Baur from Fable & Base!
You’ll be able to choose from a selection of exciting images of local nature to create paper stencils and learn how to print them onto fabric using natural dye pastes.
These images will be collected at the end of the workshop and brought to life as part of the Kent CLOTH project, and exhibited in the gallery at No.34.
What you need to bring
All materials, use of tools and equipment are provided.
Join us at Milton Creek Country Park to explore the local area and discover local colour from dye plants with artist Fran Baur from Fable & Base.
Exploring the Park we will walk along the riverside and forage for local plants to create colour. We will use these to create a colour map of Swale.
Throughout the workshop we will be working on ideas for a collaborative hanging inspired by Swale’s rich heritage, and collecting stories, images and drawings as part of the Kent CLOTH project.
We will be developing visuals through mark making, drawing and playing with scale, sun prints and poems.
These images and stories will be collected at the end of the workshop and brought to life by using the traditional dye techniques Hapa Some and bundle dyeing, and exhibited in the gallery at No.34.
What you need to bring
All materials, use of tools and equipment are provided. You will need to bring images/maps/photos for reference.
Bring a packed lunch!