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The Blues: An Introduction to Dyeing with Natural Indigo (online)

with Lucille Junkere

Sat 3 July 2021
2:00 pm
- 5:30 pm


£70 inc. materials provided (see below) 

Learn how to create and maintain a non toxic indigo recipe, ideal for achieving medium to dark indigo blues with plant fibres. Other recipes suitable for protein fibres and lighter blues will be discussed during the session and you will receive a list of recipes and resources. Materials are supplied but you will need to provide your own equipment.

Lucille Junkere is an artist, educator and textile researcher specialising in botanical and ochre pigments and embroidery. Her research focuses on the legacy of colonisation in African Caribbean textile history, through which she explores themes of loss, grief and cultural reconnection. In November 2020, Lucille completed a Leverhulme Fellowship exploring Jamaica’s colonial indigo plantations. In April 2017, she completed a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study indigo dyeing and pattern making amongst Yorùbá artisans in Nigeria, building on her work as Artist in Residence at the William Morris Gallery London conducted in 2016.

To be provided by the museum included and in the cost of the workshop:

  • 25g Plant derived Indigo Dye Powder
  • 50g Iron (Ferrous Sulphate)
  • 100g Hydrated Lime, Pickling Lime (Calcium Hydroxide)
  • 1 metre of 100% cotton

Participants to provide:

  • 10 litre bucket with tight sealing lid, the taller the better. Suggestion https://www.ampulla.co.uk/shop/plastic/plastic-buckets-with-lids/10-4-litre-white-plastic-bucketplastic-handle-and-red-t-e-lid-d/
  • A smaller plastic bucket without a lid
  • Stainless steel or plastic spoon for stirring your bucket
  • Stainless steel or plastic tongs
  • Smaller stainless steel or plastic spoon for mixing your indigo
  • Small glass, stainless steel or plastic jar or cup for mixing your indigo
  • Dust mask
  • Kettle to heat water
  • Notebook and pen
  • Apron or old clothes
  • Protective gloves
  • Scissors

To allow the museum time to purchase all the necessary materials for this workshop there is a cut off booking date of 2 weeks before the workshops takes place. Bookings need to be made by 18 June. 

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