Experience the magic and satisfaction of learning to make your own beautiful and healthy textiles and papers using natural, local plant materials, sustainable print processes and recycled cloths. I love teaching these processes – It’s a core part of my studio practice and my work in community building, social practice and supporting sustainable living through handcrafts, making and mindfulness or “mendfulness”. Teaching is the cornerstone of my work. My workshops range from a few hours to week-long retreats, see below for upcoming classes.
Saturday 15th September 11am – 4pm
Learning the basic techniques in natural indigo dyeing and pattern making with Shibori.
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, Nui and Itjami.
All materials required are included. You can bring your own fabrics too as you can never have too much! A spacious work area, individual dye bath & information pack is allocated to each of you; 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 but please bring lunch (or the workshop is near the city).
Botanical Ink Making
Old Lands, Nr Monmouth
Saturday 6th October 11 – 4pm
Get an introduction to botanical ink making and explore the fascinating hand techniques and natural materials I use in my work. Then you get to play and draw with inks made from plants, flower, berries and tools made from locally gathered materials. You’ll make beautiful marks and patterns onto cloth and paper, which will go into your own little natures ink sample book.
The house has a beautiful unique spacious work area and wonderful gardens. You’ll get all your materials but it’s worth bringing your own basic art kit – scissors, brushes, knife, threads, pins, tape etc.
Make up your own bespoke workshop day
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:
Bishop of Llandaff High School
Cardiff and Vale College
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Coleg Sir Gar
Model House Craft & Design Centre
Newport children & family services
Ysgol Plas Mawr
RCT young carers
Shire Newton Primary school
United Welsh Housing
Wales Dynamo project
Whitchurch High School