Experience the magic and satisfaction of learning to make your own beautiful and healthy textiles and papers using natural products, local plant materials, sustainable print processes and recycled cloth.
2018 courses are booking now! Please see each one for the booking details. I can also be booked for your own bespoke day – see here for details
Saturday 14th April
Making inks from nature – Gallery Talk 11 – 12am
This illustrated talk will cover the history of ink making, as well as explaining the fascinating hand techniques and natural materials involved in my work.
Free and open to all.
Make and draw with your own plant inks – Workshop 2-5pm
This 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
MAY & SEPTEMBER
INDIGO 3 DAY MASTERCLASS
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
Saturday 23rd June 10.30 – 4pm
Dye and print an organic scarf with local plants
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
Monday 13th August 2018 10 – 4pm
BLUE MONDAY – CYANOTYPE & SHIBORI
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
Processes and classes you can book:
To prepare for a workshop:
All materials and recycled/organic fabrics are supplied for you, but it’s a good idea to bring your own preferred gloves, a basic sewing and art kit with things like scissors, pins, needle and thread, pencils, ruler, brushes, anything you like to use in your own work. Also some plastic bags to take wet work home in. You can bring your own pre-washed items to transform, such as fashion or small home goods like napkins, tee shirt, pillow case, a summer dress, linen trousers, scarves, a shopping bag or a table runner. The items don’t have to be white, in fact, some of the most interesting transformations happen on items originally with a print or other colour. Loved, gently used or stained items are also a great choice. Check the labels of the items to make sure they are made from natural fibres such as cotton, bamboo, hemp, wool, linen, viscose or silk.
You need to wear clothing that you do not mind getting a drip or two of dye on!
Who I teach...
ColourField owner Catherine works with all who want to learn about natural dyeing with local plant materials, practice low-impact surface decoration techniques, re-connect with nature and develop artistic eco-literacy. She always works with great enthusiasm and patience, with all ages and abilities, from amateur enthusiasts to professional teachers, artists and designers.
With over 20 years experience of teaching and lecturing on textile, surface pattern, print and general visual art techniques, Catherine is comfortable teaching in a variety of settings, from nursery and primary through to community projects, higher education and artist groups.
Community groups, after-school, holiday clubs, scout & guide organisations: DPIA drawing workshop
A parent of a participant on a Criw Celf project wrote to us after:
My son ..enjoyed the half term project with Cath Lewis enormously. She’s a great teacher who engaged and encouraged him to create some lovely work. He came home every evening talking about the activities of the group and what he’d learnt. He was inspired to work hard on his book, which he enjoyed making from recycled materials, and is
already using his walnut ink for his GCSE work as well as making some of his own.
He found the experience of working with artists inspiring and it was lovely for me to see him come home buzzing with ideas and he’s looking forward to putting more of his ideas into practice.
This project was a wonderful opportunity for him and I’m delighted that he was given that opportunity and was able to take advantage of it.
He’s looking forward to the next project / workshop!’
If you would like to book a group workshop I can travel to your venue or you can come to the workshop in Cardiff. I supply all equipment and materials for a workshop tailored to your ages, interests and needs.
Education and Art project clients include:
- Artes Mundi
- Arts Council Wales
- Bishop of Llandaff High School
- Barnardos Cymru
- Cardiff and Vale College
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Coleg Sir Gar
- Communities First
- Craft in the Bay
- Craft Angels
- Criw Celf Cardiff
- Green City Events/Green Squirrel
- Groundwork Caerphilly
- Llandough Hospital
- Made in Roath
- Model House Craft & Design Centre
- Newport children & family services
- Ysgol Plas Mawr
- RCT young carers
- Sanctuary Newport
- Shire Newton Primary school
- Specialist Models
- Surestart Wales
- Tros Gynnal Plant
- United Welsh Housing
- Wales Dynamo project
- Welsh Government
- Whitchurch High School
- Women’s Arts Association