Saturday 22 October, 10am- 1pm, Ōtepoti Dunedin: Eco-printing

Come along this Labour Weekend and learn how to print with botanical materials on fabric with Simone Bensdorp. This workshop is located at the O Block Hub, on the corner of ANZAC Ave and Minerva St in Ōtepoti Dunedin. More detailed information about location and parking will be provided prior to the workshop.

In this workshop you will learn two different techniques to print botanical materials onto fabric. First we will use foraged plants and food scraps to up-cycle an item of clothing using the ‘Eco-printing’ method. This method uses heat to transfer the plant pigment onto the fabric and can produce stunning results! While our garments are in the dye pot we will have a go at Hapa-zome, to create colour by pounding leaves and flowers onto fabric. 

Please bring along an item of clothing or some fabric to dye. Choose white or light coloured natural fibres - wool, silk, cotton, linen etc, but please don’t buy anything new! Have a look in local op shops or the back of your wardrobe. 

Also feel free to bring along any plant material you may want to use. A few things that work well are: - Eucalyptus leaves - Rose and blackberry leaves - Deciduous tree leaves, e.g. oak and maple. - Onion skins - Bright coloured flowers, e.g. marigolds, hollyhocks. - Some fruit tree leaves - Pear and feijoa work well. 

At this stage face masks are required for this workshop unless you have an exemption.

Simone Bensdorp is a textile artist and teacher with a passion for sustainability and creativity. Her work is grounded by a philosophy of resourcefulness, using local, repurposed and sustainable materials wherever possible. She is committed to keeping traditional felt making skills alive, while continuing to expand and push boundaries with contemporary techniques.

Simone's workshops aim to equip people with practical skills, whilst providing a safe space for creative expression and learning.


We are reliant on full workshops to cover our considerable travel costs from Ōtautahi Christchurch. Therefore, bookings are strictly non-refundable unless we can be advised in enough time to be able to sell your ticket to someone else.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you think you may not make it so we can try to do this for you. You may also choose to transfer your booking to another name. If Rekindle needs to cancel the workshop for any reason, you will be fully refunded


This Rekindle Ōtepoti tour is generously supported by our hosts Dunedin School of Art, The Otago Polytechnic Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, and Res.Awesome (check them out, they are awesome). We are ever grateful to Creative New Zealand for continued support of Rekindle.




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