FLORALCHEMY w ABI FINCHAM
4 – 5 hours: 9am – 1:30pm
(There will be a 30 minute break in the middle of the workshop for students to have lunch and grab a coffee.
$130 (+ eventbrite booking fees)
Come and get messy with mother nature and explore the ancient art of using botanicals and food waste to create beautiful colours and patterns on natural fibres. A multi-sensory experience that will enable you to slow-down and create mindfully.
Using the wonderful technique of bundle dyeing, we will use sustainably sourced and foraged materials to create a unique silk scarf.
Whilst our bundles steam and evolve, we will play with the magic of alchemy by introducing natural modifiers to create a rainbow of possibilities.
Abi will guide you through…
- Suitable botanicals and foods and the colours they yield
- Natural fibres and fabric preparation with mordants
- Natural pH modifiers
- The art of bundle dyeing through wrapping and steaming
This workshop is the perfect introduction to natural dyeing, producing eco-friendly textiles and adding colour to your wardrobe in a mindful and sustainable way. The bundle dyeing technique is an efficient and simple way to revitalise existing garments and create beautifully patterned fabric.
- A habutai silk scarf 900mm x 900mm square
- A beautiful selection of dried, fresh and frozen flowers, leaves and other botanicals
- Food waste (eg. Onion skins, berries, spices, herbs)
- Colour pH modifiers
- Watercolour paper and materials for alchemy play
In preparation… you can bring
- Any botanicals from your garden, wilting cut flowers or food waste that you would like to experiment with
- Pre-washed fabric or pre-loved clothing (natural fibres only) to bundle dye after your scarf. These are optional but encouraged. Silk and wool will yield the best results.
- There will be extra scarves to purchase on the day if you would like to experiment further.
- Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy!
Abi is a stylist, designer and maker that works across fashion, textiles and craft.
After spending the last 7 years in London she has recently returned to Brisbane and is exploring the therapeutic benefits of creating with foraged plant materials, food waste and found objects.
She is passionate about providing memorable experiences through creating beautiful and engaging environments to learn and play.
Follow her journey on Instagram @abi_fincham