Classes and Courses

Experience the magic and satisfaction of learning to make your own beautiful and healthy botanical colours for textiles, inks and art using locally sourced materials, sustainable processes and recycled cloth.

Introduction to Natural Dyeing – Indigo, Woad & Shibori

29th February 2020 10-3pm

National Waterfront Museum Swansea  £65 | £55 concession

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An all- day workshop exploring the ancient Japanese dye technique of Shibori, using natural blue Indigo dye.

I’m working with the GRAFT team to create a new natural dye bed and this is a chance to come and see how this bed will be used in the future and how we’ll be producing our own dyes and projects from the ancient botanical skill.

Indigo Day

St Fagans National Museum of History

21st March 2020, 10.30 – 4pm

In the amazing setting of the Gweithdy at St Fagan’s museum, i’ll show how to make up a dye vat, the indigo dye process and finishing. You’ll then learn some Shibori/resist processes and dye up a whole load of beautiful blue cloth.

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Lovely Weekend of Botanical Colour

Beth Morris, Insole Court, Cardiff

25th/26th April

We’ll forage and share, make inks and prints, use dyes and shibori, craft simple tools and books. Using gathered materials and recycled cloth, you’ll leave with a bundle of beautiful botanically coloured work.

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Spring Inc Botaneg

Oldlands, Monmouthshire

2nd May 11 – 4pm £65

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After gathering flowers and berries from the beautiful gardens of Oldlands estate, you’ll learn to make botanical inks for your drawing and calligraphy.

Over 16s but no experience needed. It’s good to bring your own art kit, papers, fabrics, ingredients maybe, inspiration possibly… oh and wear old clothes 🙏🏻

I love teaching these processesIt’s a core part of my practice and my work in building resilient communities, a creative social practice and supporting sustainable living through handcrafts, making and mindfulness or “mendfulness”.

You can book me for an hour illustrated talk, a day workshop or week-long retreat, from tots to teachers, of all ages and abilities.

the day was wonderful, I loved it. You are an inspiration and a lovely teacher.. I used my news inks today on a sample  piece and they are beautiful

Make your own bespoke workshop day…

Eco/Botanical plant prints

Seasonal local plant dyes

Shibori Dyeing techniques

Book making and binding

Bespoke Ink Making

Hire the workshop

Papermaking and casting

Colour reduction/Discharge printing

Devore/Burnout printing

Kids days and parties

Teacher’s CPD days

Hen Do’s and special days

Talks & Demos

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.

A parent of a participant on a young people (Criw Celf) project wrote to me:

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