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Screenprinting with Natural Dyes with Jacqui Symons

Sun 18 September 2022
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm

The Workshop

An introduction to screenprinting onto fabric using natural dyes, this one-day course will show participants how to use plant-based colour to create simple yet beautiful screenprinted textiles. You will learn how to create and mix colour from both plant material and dye extracts, how to mix these into screenprinting pastes and how to expand the range of colours and tones within your screenprints using colour modifiers.

We’ll also briefly explore screenprinting with mordants prior to dyeing which allows for a range of tones and pattern to be produced in a single dye pot. During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with layering, colour and shape, using paper stencils to create your own designs and print them onto various textiles.

The emphasis is on experimentation and play – no experience of screenprinting is necessary as the tutor will guide you through all techniques required and how best to use natural colour in your screenprinting work. You’ll finish the day with a collection of screenprinted textile designs and colour samples that can be kept as references or developed into a further project. Screenprinting with plant-based colour is a natural progression on from learning about natural dyeing methods or for those interested in exploring more sustainable techniques within their work.

Tickets include materials, lunch & refreshments.

The Workshop Leader

Created from a desire to be more environmentally-aware, buy and consume fewer products and generate less waste, printmaker Jacqui Symons began exploring natural colour and dyes in 2018. She researched and developed the use of plant-based pigments for oil-based printmaking inks and from there expanded into making her own watercolours, pastels, inks, screenprinting pastes and dry powdered pigments from plant sources.

In 2019, Jacqui trained under Jenny Dean to learn about the use of natural dyes with textiles and yarns, drawing on Jenny’s 40 years of experience in this field to develop further knowledge and understanding of this increasingly relevant and valuable industry.

Jacqui created Slow Lane Studio to provide resources, information, practical advice and workshops focusing on natural dyeing, plant-based pigments and plant-based artist colours. Alongside working on creative projects and commissions, she is developing a pigment garden and a plant pigment library as a reference and resource for other artists.



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