Saturday 28 January, 1.30- 4.30pm, Eco-printing

Come along this and learn how to print with botanical materials on fabric with Simone Bensdorp in a workshop held at our te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the former Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard.

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. 

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.

Bookings are non-refundable 

A credit may be issued if you are unable to attend due to illness or COVID isolation and advise Rekindle as soon as possible, prior to your workshop. A transfer fee may apply.

Credits will not be issued with less than 24 hours notice given. 



We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre.



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