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Eco-Dyeing with Erin Griffiths
Sun, 8 July 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm$120 – $140
SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya
The traditional art of eco dyeing is a completely natural process, a perfectly sustainable craft that uses plant material including your organic food waste to create a form of art that extracts the hidden colours and patterns from plants onto natural fibres. Erin Griffiths the creator The Ai and The Fly will be presenting a four-hour hands-on workshop to teach you the wonderment of eco-dyeing and micro-macrame.
You will learn:
- Basic eco dyeing techniques using plant materials and kitchen scraps on natural fabric (use it as a scarf or for other projects).
- How different plant material and waste products possess a vast array of unexpected colours.
- Tips and tricks using natural dyes to create vibrant colours and patterns.
- Simple micro-macrame by making a bracelet (while dyes are processing).
- How to make more sustainable choices when it comes to creating your own textile crafts.
Each participant will make and take home their dyed woollen scarf, hemp macramé bracelet and the necessary skills to continue to make these after the workshop.
Erin Griffiths is the creator behind The Ai and The Fly – making handmade, one of a kind macramé jewellery, using crystals and eco-dyed fibres that harnesses the power of art, nature, energy and culture.
Erin learnt the basics of eco dyeing in 2010, but it wasn’t until recently that she really delved into the world of eco-dyeing. Frustrated by the fact that most suitable macramé string on the market is made from synthetic materials, and unsatisfied with the artificial colours of the hemp string, Erin decided to dye these fibres herself. The more she experimented, the more Erin learnt the array of colours that can be created, completely naturally and from local materials, and how these colours can also be set into the fabric by natural means, with no need for harsh chemicals.
Erin eco dyes much of my own hemp string, and the recycled wool blankets she uses to create sustainable, reusable packaging for her creations.
If you are interested in or curious about learning the basics of eco dyeing and micro macramé and you’re passionate about repurposing your food scraps into an eco-sustainable craft before they end up in the compost – then join us on this amazing workshop.