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Madder and Mordants with Fiona Eastwood

Sat 21 September
11:00 am
- 4:00 pm


Learn about madder and mordants in this fascinating hands-on workshop with Fiona Eastwood.


Madder has been used for thousands of years to produce beautiful colours that range from pink to oranges to reds. In this workshop you will use madder root grown in the museum Dye Garden to dye fabric and yarn.

You will learn how to prepare and mordant vegetable and protein fibres and how to make a dye bath with madder root. After dyeing you will learn how to use modifiers to produce a further range of colours.

All the methods used will be safe and sustainable.

Tickets include lunch.

Workshop Leader

Fiona is a weaver and dyer who has a BA hon from Camberwell School of Art and a post graduate teaching degree from the London Institute for Education.

She helps manage the Dye Garden at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

Fiona finds the entire process; from growing the dye plants from seed, dyeing the yarns, and using them for her textile work extremely rewarding.

She is fascinated by the distinctive characteristics of plants and the range of colours achievable. Her aim is to help others reconnect with nature and explore the potential of growing and foraging for dye plants so they can use natural dyeing in their creative practice.

She has run natural dyeing workshops for the National Trust, Forest School Association and one to one workshop for artists and local schools. Recently, she collaborated with Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings MBE on the installation ‘Drawn to the Light’ (نور), part of ‘Double Weave: Bourne and Allen Modernist Textiles’ at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

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