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40 Watson Avenue
Last updated on 9th January
I offer workshops to suit all levels of age and ability.
Creative workshops to suit your needs from childrens' parties to corporate business days.
I offer tuition in several specialised mediums.
In most cases the price includes materials and equipment.
All electrical equipment is pat tested.
I carry 5m in public liability insurance and an enhanced DBS disclosure.
I have experience of working with a diverse range of ages and abilities and workshops can be designed and delivered to suit your needs ....
Textile workshops - African Textiles
A variation on a traditional discharge dyeing technique used for patterning cloth in Mali.
Suitable for all ages and abilities, using painted and printed paste to discharge and pattern brown, pre-dyed silk
A variation of a traditional technique from Nigeria using painted and printed paste to pattern calico in combination with thickened blue dye
A synthetic variation, arguably more reliable and effective. Traditional vat dyeing requiring complete immersion of the cloth: can be combined with other techniques such as Batik (see below) or with the sgraffito technique dyeing scratched designs into waxed calico
Textile workshops - Batik
Conventional light to dark in successive wax resist and dye applications on silk, paper and calico
Discharge dyeing - working in reverse from dark to light using successive applications of wax resists and bleach on fine black discharge cotton
Tjap printing - ornate and beautiful copper printing blocks made in Indonesia, used to pattern textiles with wax resists before dyeing
Paper - using a combination of conventional Batik with discharge-dyeing and collage techniques with coloured tissue papers
Textile workshops - Silk painting
creative and accessible approaches ranging from simple but effective techniques using fabric tranfer crayons and dyes, suitable for all ages and abilities and a reliable quick and easy method when time is short.
Advanced techniques can include alternative dye applications, print, resist and discharge combinations
Textile workshops - Shibori
Japanese manipulated and patterned cloth ranging from simple but effective pole dyeing or Arashi (嵐?, literally Storm) techniques to complex heat treated folded silks and polyesters
Textile workshops - Devoré
From the French verb 'dévorer'meaning literally 'to devour'
A heat reactive chemical paste is painted, printed or applied with an applicator bottle to burn out one fibre type from mixed fibre fabrics (ie: silk/polyester.)
The resultant 'sculpted' fibre can then be washed and coloured using cold water fibre reactive dyes, giving an exceptional two tone effect with subtle tones to the silk backing and full vibrant tones to the polyester pile
Textile workshops - Textile Printing
Relief printing with found, constructed materials and Indian woodblocks, mono-printing and collographs.
Fun, simple and expressive techniques which can be adapted to suit all ages and abilities, used alone as an artform in their own right, or combined with other
Craft supplies for Batik, Devoré and Dyeing including Microcrystalline and Paraffin waxes, kistkas, Devoré paste, fabric transfer crayons, silk pins, paste applicators, dyes, fabrics.
I can supply all you'll need for your project.
Contact me for a current price list.