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Courses, projects and new work by Catherine Lewis at ColourField
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Workshops 2018

This year I’ll be teaching natural dye & print processes in my workshop space in Cardiff, as well as getting out around Wales. If you would like to have me visit and hold a class or a talk, please get in touch.











Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
Making inks from nature – Gallery TalkSaturday 3 March 2018 11 – 12This illustrated talk will cover the history of botanic ink making, as well as explaining the fascinating hand techniques and natural materials involved in my work.Free and open to allMake and draw with your own plant inks – WorkshopSaturday 3 March 2018 1-5pmThis workshop will look at making botanic inks from gathered plants and will include making drawing tools using foraged natural materials. Then making your own inks from plants, flowers and berries to make beautiful marks onto cloth and paper, which will go into your own little natures ink sample book.

16+ booking essential – call 01267 222775

ColourField Workshop, Cardiff

Saturday 21st April, 11-4pm

Come and have a go and learn the basics of dyeing with magical natural Indigo plant dye – the original denim blue! I’ll show you samples, talk techniques, go through all the processes including making up the dye vat, sampling, washing and finishing. All materials supplied.

16+ – Booking essential – HERE

Make it in Wales at Ystrad Farm, Brechfa, Carmarthenshire

Retreat to the Brechfa mountains and spend three full days learning techniques in indigo dyeing and Shibori and enjoy great hospitality from Juliet of Ystrad Organics. All materials required are included – you’ll get a metre each of Thai silk, cotton and wool (or linen fabric depending upon availability at the time of the event). Cambrian Wool will be available to purchase on the day. We encourage you to bring other fabrics than those supplied as you can never have too much! A spacious work area, individual dye bath & information pack is allocated to each student and there are plenty of tools to go around, but it’s worth bringing your own basic art and stitch kit – scissors, knife, threads, pins, tape etc.

A plentiful supply of tea, proper coffee and homemade afternoon cake is provided as well as fab lunches. Ystrad is a working farm so things can get a bit muddy and messy. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring waterproof clothing.

I’ll introduce you to indigo dye; showing samples, history and inspiration. We’ll make the indigo stock solution and learn many Shibori techniques, such as Arashi and Itjami Ashibori. We’ll discuss and trial ideas for personal projects, combining the indigo with with shibori, local plant dyes, eco-printing and resist printing.

16+ booking essential – HERE

St Fagans National Museum of History

Saturday 23rd June 10.30 – 4pm

Relax and create whilst learning about locally gathered plant dyes and how they blend into the materials that you’ll use. You’ll create your own beautiful soft and warming silk scarf, patterned and dyed with plants known for their healing and medicinal properties, such as turmeric, madder, rose, avocado, walnut, St. Johns wort and agrimony.

18+ Booking essential – HERE

Swansea Festival of Stitch, Swansea Museum, Swansea

Monday 13th August 2018 ​10 – 4pm

You’ll make patterned, printed, dyed fabrics and papers, combining ghostly photographic cyanotype blueprinted images with beautiful natural blue Indigo dye. You’ll use the timeless Arashi shibori process to create amazing wave like patterns, along with other simple folding and tying techniques.

All items for the dyeing and making cyanotypes will be provided, such as paper and fabric, photos, stencils, shells, feathers, seaweeds etc, but you can bring your own images & materials to use in addition or if you have specific ideas you want to follow. You’ll make a set of samples for reference or to use in future projects.

16+ – Booking essential – HERE

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My residency at Llandough hospital came to an end in October but I’m still working at it, with lots of the plant samples still to catalogue, draw and play with. The Orchard is an ongoing, long term project and I’ll continue with the blog. Take a look at it to find links to ideas and research about nature and mental health, the official Orchard page and opportunities to become involved in the future.

The Orchard meadow, all dried and pressed, returned from Llandough Hearth Gallery to me, set to be mounted and catalogued into the Orchard journal. They’ll sit alongside printed textiles, papers, ink tests and stories of the plants’ medicinal and folklore uses.
Ein Berllan/Our Orchard, framed and delivered to the hospital recently. Made up of 15 loose mounted textile and paper eco=prints from plants colected on the orchard site near the hospital.