colours of norfolk

ONE WEEK 'colours of norfolk' creative retreat

SPEND A WEEK LEARNING ABOUT NORWICH'S RICH TEXTILE HERITAGE, WORKING WITH HISTORIC NATURAL COLOUR
ON VARIOUS TEXTILES PROJECTS - INCLUDING WEAVING, PRINTING WITH DYES AND SLOW STITCH

The perfect way to rediscover your creativity .... in the heart of Norwich's ancient textile district.  Explore the heritage of this Fine City and find visual inspiration wherever you look. Learn how to work with historic colour like madder, woad and weld, dye fabrics for a slow stitch project or skeins of beautiful British wool to weave on a simple loom. Create a collection of unique textiles to take home.

This is a bespoke learning experience, with the opportunity to tailor your learning experience to your own creative needs. The workshops are held in my studio in Norwich throughout the year and can be booked at a time to suit you. 

Prices quoted are for a one to one workshop for seven days. Special rates available for small groups (min 2 -max 6)
Accommodation can be arranged nearby. contact me for more information

 

 
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dye

Before the advent of chemical dyes, all colour came from natural sources. Norwich was famous for its brightly coloured woven textiles, created with a variety of plant and insect dyes. Today natural dyes are enjoying a renaissance as people rediscover how to create these vibrant shades in a sustainable way.  You will have the opportunity to see some of the historic textiles and find inspiration for your own projects. I will share my knowledge and skills with you and show you haw to use safe, non toxic materials and methods to get beautiful colour from natural dyes.

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weave

working on a simple loom, learn various techniques to create a woven textile with surface interest and rich textures inspired by your time in the city. Join the weekly weavers group and share ideas and inspiration with other makers.

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stitch

explore stillness and mindful making using simple slow stitch, working with fabrics that you have dyed in natural colour, to create a simple and unique piece