Natural Dyeing Workshop

In preparation for our exhibition Origin: Felt in the Natural World we are hosting a workshop with Terry Dunne on Saturday 20th April 2013.

Natural Dyes

Terry Dunne ( Terry The Weaver ) has been Spinning Dyeing and Weaving for more than 30 years now.  His Natural Dyeing workshop is focused on giving beginners a good understanding of the processes involved in Dyeing with Plants.

You will learn about Mordants and how to use them as well as mordanting some wool for dyeing on the workshop.

You will also learn the best plants to use to get the best colours for your work.

On the workshop we will mordant and dye about 3 colours and about 9 shades for you to take away and use.

 

By the end of the day you will have mordanted, dyed and have recipes for all we have done, but more importantly you will know the processes needed to dye from plants.

 

Students should bring some wool or silk to dye on the day and some felted pieces to add to the dye pots.

If you would like a place on the workshop please complete this form, if we are oversubscribed names will be pulled from a hat on Friday 5th April. Priority is given to fully paid up members of Feltmakers Ireland – but there is plenty of time to join or renew your membership. Membership costs €25 per year.

Dyeing Application

 

 

Botanic Gardens Visit 2nd March

As the first part of our preparations for the exhibition in August we are planning to visit the Botanic Gardens on Saturday next – 2nd March at 2pm.  A member of the education team in the Gardens will guide us to look at plants of  interest to feltmakers.  In particular plants that can be used in dyeing and plants that yield fibre than can be used with wool in feltmaking.  Everyone is welcome and we are meeting at the entrance to the Visitors Centre cafe. It will be a great opportunity to start planning you entry to the exhibition

 

Origins: Felt in the Natural World

August 7th – 24th 2013

As part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations Feltmakers Ireland will be holding an exhibition of members work in the National Botanic Gardens Origins : Felt in the Natural World. There are so many links between the natural world and the craft of feltmaking that we feel the Gardens are a perfect venue to inspire our members and to present our work to the public. The exhibition will present all the different techniques of feltmaking and include both sculptural and functional work. The pieces will represent the  makers response to the natural world and in particular to the plants in the National Botanic Gardens.  Wool is the primary material used in feltmaking but the botanical world provides such a rich resource of additional materials in the form of fibres ( such as bamboo, flax, hemp) and also  natural dyes (for example madder, indigo, marigold). We will be hosting adult and children’s workshops during the exhibition to encourage as many people as possible to share in the magic of feltmaking.

 

Feltmakers Ireland Exhibition

Origins: Felt in the Natural World

7th – 25th August 2013

As part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations Feltmakers Ireland will be holding an exhibition of members work in the National Botanic Gardens Origins : Felt in the Natural World. There are so many links between the natural world and the craft of feltmaking that we feel the Gardens are a perfect venue to inspire our members and to present our work to the public. The exhibition will present all the different techniques of feltmaking and include both sculptural and functional work. The pieces will represent the  makers response to the natural world and in particular to the plants in the National Botanic Gardens.  Wool is the primary material used in feltmaking but the botanical world provides such a rich resource of additional materials in the form of fibres ( such as bamboo, flax, hemp) and also  natural dyes (for example madder, indigo, marigold). We will be hosting adult and children’s workshops during the exhibition to encourage as many people as possible to share in the magic of feltmaking.

As part of the preparations fro the exhibition we will be holding a series of events including two guided tours of the Botanic Gardens, looking at plants that have a particular relevance to Feltmakers. The first tour will take place on Saturday 2nd March, meeting at 2pm at the Visitors Centre in the Botanic Gardens.

 

Two other events are a workshop with photographer Joanna Thomashevska on how best to photograph your work  – date TBC and a workshop with Terry Dunne in April (date TBC) exploring natural dyeing.

 

Here is a copy of the rules for submissions to the exhibition. Origins Exhibition Rules

Application forms will be posted soon.

Sunday Session 10th February 2013

Ever wondered about using an embellisher? At our next Sunday Session we will look at all aspects of embellishing.  One of our members, Marie Dunne, has very kindly offered to show us some of the techniques she uses. All welcome,  €5 charge to cover costs. Sunday 10th February 10.30am Feltmakers Ireland Studio, Knockmaroon Gate, Phoenix Park, Dublin.