Experience the magic and satisfaction of making your own patterned textiles and papers with natural products, local plant materials, sustainable print processes and recycled textiles. On each course you’ll work with artist Catherine Lewis, who has over 20 years experience in teaching textiles and print processes.
Sunday 20th August: Beginners Indigo and Shibori
Indigo is a special, ancient dye that gives a range of beautiful blues onto natural textiles. On this one day course, Catherine explains and demonstrates making and maintaining an Indigo vat, preparation of your fabrics, pleating, folding and stitch resist techniques, then the dyeing and finishing your Indigo cloth. You’ll take away a set of samples and have time to dye a larger piece of your own – recycle a garment, table or bed linen or just bring plain cloth (natural fibres only).
Saturday 16th September: Yoga and Plant dyed woollen wrap* with Catherine and Rachel
Relax and create on this special one day course, combining the healing powers of plants with a yoga session to settle your being; inviting you into the present moment. Being in the moment draws us to meet and greet out creative self; to develop an awareness of our breath and a sense of the plant dyes and how they blend into the materials that we’re using.
A Yoga practice will help us to limber the neck, shoulders and upper body so that we are comfortable and at ease whilst we are at work. We will ground and earth our energies through the use of standing postures and a couple of energising sequences.
After a drink and homemade cake, you’ll go on to create your own beautiful soft and warming wool/silk wrap, patterned and dyed with plants known for their healing, medicinal properties, such as turmeric, rose, walnut, St. Johns wort and indigo… perfect for relaxation after yoga, meditation time or a chilly summer evening!
The day will end with a stretch and relaxation before returning home with your beautiful personal piece of work.
Rachel has been teaching Yoga for 17yrs. She brings an awareness of Self into practice and how we move with nature. Yoga is a celebration of our life and our movement and creativity that grows from within our own journey into ourselves.
*This class is £95, to cover the yoga class and the cost of the woollen wrap.
This class will be held in Bonvilston Reading Rooms, just outside Cardiff on the A48. 10.30 – 4.30
Autumn Forage Fruits & Berries Eco-Dyeing, September 30th & October 1st at Ystrad Organic Farm, Brechfa.
Over two days, learn how to make dye baths and direct prints with seasonal plants from the garden and the countryside. Explore the possibilities contained in the rich variety of wild autumn plants for colouring fabrics and papers, using leaves, berries, fruits and roots collected on a walk around the farm, as well as using some Catherine will supply.
Using both immersion dye baths, painting and contact (eco) printing, you’ll discover a palate of rich hues of purples, reds and oranges, created from blackberries, sloes, rosehips, damsons and leaves. Iron, walnut, chestnut, hawthorn and oak will provide warm browns, greys and black. You’ll be shown Shibori techniques to pleat, stitch and tie as Catherine guides you through the processes to make an array of patterns and structure on recycled textiles and papers.
You’ll help make up a variety of dye baths and create a series of swatches which you’ll then have time to further develop on day two for your own creative projects. All materials required are included in the course fee but you are welcome to bring along your own fabrics too. A spacious work area is allocated to each student along with their own set of tools and materials to use. However it is a good idea to bring along your favoured kit such as scissors, brushes, gloves and sewing materials. A delicious lunch is provided each day, with any dietary requirements catered for when notified in advance. A plentiful supply of tea, coffee and afternoon cake is also provided.
Indigo and Shibori – Make it in Wales course in rural West Wales
I’m working with the lovely Make it in Wales team again next year. It’s held in a beautiful location on a working farm where you’ll have three days working to develop and refine your indigo dyeing. The last one held in May was wonderful, with everyone making loads of great work, new friends and having a relaxing, constructive break!
On this extensive course, Catherine explains and demonstrates natural and synthetic Indigo, making and maintaining the vat, preparation, folding and stitch resist techniques, eco plant prints, dyeing and finishing. Book here NOW for next year!
img_8362“I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was very well run, everything we needed was supplied and our course tutor, Cat Lewis was an inspiring teacher. She taught us how to make an Indigo vat, not just how to use one and after she had demonstrated lots of different tying techniques, allowed us to develop our own special interests. We all ended up with favourite materials and tried inventing our own patterns.
All in all, it was brilliant. I would definitely encourage others to have a go. I am still dyeing with indigo. Cat opened a door for me and I am immensely grateful.”
You can book my workshops now for just £65 (* additional cost) including materials and a simple home-made vegetarian lunch of soup, fruit and cake.
There are only 4 spaces per class (yoga/wrap day has 10 spaces), which makes it nice and intimate with plenty of time to talk and really understand the processes.
For more information on each class or any questions, please get in touch.
To prepare for the workshops...
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.
Indigo and rust yarn dyeing yarn dyeing
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!
Private workshops – Make up your own special day at ColourField Studio
We can arrange a day where you learn the processes you want – this could be for your own CPD, to learn a new process, for a birthday, a hen day or other special treat. Just get in touch and we can start planning.
For 4 participants for a full day – £65 per person
One to one sessions are particularly helpful as an introduction or for more in depth, specialist techniques. Prices start from £175, depending on the process and materials required.
Hire the Studio
You can use ColourField’s workshop facilities for your own print/dye projects. We have a wide range of dyes in stock, as well as facilitating many other processes. The workshop is equipped with:
3m flat-bed print table
bullet and stove top steamers
textile silk screens
book binding equipment
3 hot plates
Heated dye bath
Large dye pots
You need to do an initial consultation and induction with Catherine before you can use the facilities, which costs a one off fee of £35 (payable online in advance here). Then you can book studio time at £25 per day. Basic materials are included and additional dyes and fabrics are available to buy if ordered in advance.
Ideas for your own workshop days…
There’s a wealth of processes you can learn, from the basics of dyeing and printing, through to many more advanced processes.
Book making and Binding: From simple single page folded leaflets to complex bound projects and restorations. I offer a programme of workshops covering a range of topics. Some are suitable for those with little or no exposure to bookbinding while others are for those with more experience. Makers in other disciplines such as calligraphy, printmaking and textile art will find many of these structures ideal for the display of their work and for use as a more original sketch-book. The overall role of design in making a successful binding is an important aspect of each workshop and time is spent discussing the use of colour, texture and materials as well as the advantages and applications of a particular structure. I can cover saddle-stitched, non-adhesive, coptic, folded and perfect binding.
Paper-making and casting: Experiment with this for collage work, printmaking and books: I’ll introduce you to a wide range of techniques: making colourful recycled papers; experimenting with plant papers; paper pulp collage; dipped woven structures; cotton and linen rag papers; handmade paper books; incorporating textiles with paper-making; casting paper for three dimensional structures. For all ages and abilities.
Dye and Pigment Discharge/Colour reduction: Learn this fascinating and unpredictable technique for the removal of colour and the alteration of pre-dyed cloth. Hand techniques such as painting, stencilling and shibori will be used and screen printing is also used depending on facilities available. This makes an ideal 2 day workshop if combined with a dyeing session on day 1. All chemicals and fabrics supplied.
Shibori: Experiment with this fascinating technique of applying dyes and creating structure to a variety fabrics. Using hot and cold water dyes, learn how to hand dye fabric and papers to create layers of texture and colour. An exciting process that creates wonderful colours, textures and patterns. Processes suitable for applying to fabric lengths and samples, clothing and accessories. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
Devore/Burn-out: Learn how to master this fascinating technique of burning out sections of fabric using hand painting and screen-print application techniques. A chemical paste is applied onto fabric, which is then heated to cause a reaction and reveal layers of transparency and colour. An exciting process thatyou can apply to many fabrics, creating wonderful textures and patterns. A brilliant addition to your process repertoire if you are a textile printer, weaver or embroiderer. This course is suitable for adults and ideally those with some textile experience.
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
If you would like to book a group workshop Catherine can travel to your venue or you can come to the workshop in Cardiff. She supplies all equipment and materials for a workshop tailored to your ages, interests and needs.
Arrange a talk, demo or class:
At your meeting venue, all materials and equipment supplied to provide an informative and fun session
Suitable for all ages and abilities, Catherine enables you to try a new skill and craft
Illustrated talks with samples and demonstrations to organisations such as college groups, art clubs, WI and community groups
2017 prices: £50 + travel (1-2 hours, up to 30 people)
Working with Gwent Arts in Health and The Sanctuary Project, I assisted the group making collages and mono-prints, which represented their words and expressions, from many languages, which helps to develop artistic literacy as well as language and communication skills; their designs were printed onto textiles using my own natural handmade indigo and linseed ink and they were then further embellished and developed with embroidery.
Education and Art project clients include:
Arts Council Wales
Bishop of Llandaff High School
Cardiff and Vale College
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Coleg Sir Gar
Craft in the Bay
Criw Celf Cardiff
Green City Events/Green Squirrel
Made in Roath
Model House Craft & Design Centre
Newport children & family services
Ysgol Plas Mawr
RCT young carers
Shire Newton Primary school
Tros Gynnal Plant
United Welsh Housing
Wales Dynamo project
Whitchurch High School
Women’s Arts Association