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Indigo dyeing workshop at Bow Arts

Sunday 24 June, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

indigo dyeing

As part of the Raw Materials: Textiles series, join resident artist Sarah Desmarais for an indigo dyeing workshop.

In the session you will print patterns on silk, cotton and linen, getting the chance to explore a fabric-painting method that is hundreds of years old and that has been sed across the world.

Participants will hand-cut paper stencils and use a flour-paste resist to print designs onto fabric, which will then be dyed. When the resist is dry, you’ll dye the fabric with natural indigo and wash the resist out to leave a pattern.

All works of art can be taken home at the end of the session.

Sarah Desmarais is a designer-maker who produces find hand-printed silks and hand-sewn garments using traditional techniques. She specialises in drawing, resist printing, hand dyeing and stitching.

Desmarais has always been interested in labour-intensive, manual craft, and aims to help people develop a more meaningful relationship with the things that we own.

This session is park of the Raw Materials: Textiles exhibition which is currently on at Bow Arts. The series traces the forgotten industrial history of east London and the River Lea.

The exhibition closes on 24 June, so make you you get along to the Indigo workshop to see the full displays.

For more information, visit their website. Bow Arts can be found at 183 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ.


Sunday 24 June, 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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