This class is held at our Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard, and is taught by Simone Bensdorp of Wild Felt.
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 upcycle 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 dyepot 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.
Please also bring some rubber gloves if you have them, plus a bag or container to carry home your dyed item as it may still be damp at the end of the workshop.
Please note: This workshop is for adults only please, as it is not suitable for children.
There are 8 places available in this workshop.
Minimum numbers are required for the class to run.
About your tutor
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. She loves sharing the knowledge of traditional crafts, and the inevitable stories, laughter and connections that come with it.
Bookings are essential, non-refundable and non-transferable. We do, however, understand that things come up and try and accommodate people to the best of our ability. This can include moving people to another class or a refund - but please be aware that this is reliant on us filling the original spot.
This is because all of our pricing, and our efforts to keep costs as low as possible while still paying the tutors a fee commensurate with their experience and allowing them to cover the costs of living, is based on running these classes with a certain number of participants.
We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop in a partially subsidised manner because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora the Arts Centre.
Management of COVID-19 risk:
All participants are required to wear a face mask, unless they have medical exemption.
Please be assured this workshop will be managed with the utmost care in terms of risk management in relation to COVID-19. This will include: at least 1m distancing between people; hand sanitiser being provided and its regular use required (please bring your own if you have an allergy); hand washing facilities nearby; regular disinfection of shared surfaces and tools.
Participants who are unwell, or who are required to self-isolate, must not attend the workshop. Refunds will be given if participants need to miss the workshop in order to manage the risk of COVID-19, however we need to be advised of this as soon as possible, so that we can fill the space. Refunds will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell on the day, and they will be asked to leave.
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