Natural Dyeing Course at Ditchling Museum 2024

Natural Dyeing Course 2024

With Jacqui Symons and Jenny Dean At Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Application forms are now available for the next Ditchling Museum Natural Dyeing Course, which runs from April to September 2024. For full details visit this page on the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft website

NB: The closing date for applications is 31st January  2024

Natural Dyeing Course with Jacqui Symons & Jenny Dean – 2024

12 sessions over six months from 13th April – 28th September 2024 with 6 in-person whole day sessions at the Museum on a Saturday and 6 online sessions, also on a Saturday, of 1 to 2 hours each.

The aim of this comprehensive course is to teach participants how to prepare and use dyes from natural materials to dye both animal and vegetable fibres. You will learn how to follow best practices to produce a full spectrum of consistent, reliable colours. We will cover a wide range of mordanting and dyeing techniques and the use of colour modifiers; the dyes used will include all the classic traditional dyes, such as madder, weld and indigo. Participants will also learn how to prepare and use plants for dyeing, using the Museum’s dye garden as a resource.

In addition, the course will feature tuition in surface dyeing techniques from creative artist Ross Belton, who will be teaching and demonstrating contact dyeing.

This will be a hands-on course and the emphasis throughout will be on reliable, safe, environmentally-friendly methods. All materials required for the taught components of the course will be provided, including some for personal experiments between sessions. Participants will also be able to bring some of their own materials for small samples.

NB Closing date for application forms is January 31st 2024