Natural Dye Workshop at the Rare Trades Centre

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Learn to create a world of colour using natural dyes with Churchill Fellow, Heather Thomas!

In this two-day workshop, you will create a rainbow pallet using three traditional plant dyes: indigo, madder and woad.

You will layer shades of colour at different strengths on cotton handkerchiefs to create 25 colours.

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to take your dyed handkerchiefs home with you.

Held at Ballarat’s Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades, a world-class facility dedicated to learning and preserving Australia’s rare arts and trades through a series of workshops, masterclasses, events and residencies.

Content: Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades

All Dates & Times
  • 23 Mar
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • 23 Mar
    10:00am - 4:00pm
  • 24 Mar
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • 24 Mar
    10:00am - 4:00pm
  • 03 Aug
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • 04 Aug
    9:00am - 5:00pm

Accessibility Information

  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details.

23 Mar - 04 Aug

Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades

Bradshaw Street, Golden Point VIC 3350

$510.00 per person

All materials and supplies provided; participants leave with a full spectrum of hand-dyed cotton pieces.


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