Natural Dye Textile Art Workshop

Enjoy a day of dyeing with plants at this creative natural dyeing craft class.

6 hours Class size 1 to 4 (public classes), 1 to 3

label £100 - £125 (Earlybird price of £100 applies if you book into a public session 28+ days ahead)

For millennia, people across the globe have experimented with the incredible range of natural resources available to them to produce vibrant and rich colours for dyeing cloth. Learn to dye with natural materials as they did and create some beautiful textile art to treasure at this full-day craft class in Bristol.

Madder root, cochineal, old fustic and logwood are the colours of choice for this workshop. When skillfully combined with acids, alkali and iron sulphate, they can magically create a whole rainbow of biohues. Learn how the dyeing process works and create some gorgeous colours from a range of natural materials.

Throughout this textile art workshop, you'll be introduced to ancient natural dyeing processes by experimenting with these historical plant-based dyes on beautiful silk fabrics before concocting your very own colour potion. Through a combination of theory, interactive games and practical experiments, you'll gain an insight into the vast world of colour, chemistry and cloth.

You'll be guided through this natural dyeing art workshop by an experienced and talented teacher. Get ready to soak up lots of knowledge, learn a range of new skills and increase your fascination in ancient dyeing practices. You'll head home with some great examples of naturally dyed fabric and the beginnings of your own natural dye recipe book.

This workshop was developed with support from Arts Council England.

Please note: Public dates for this class require at least 2 guests to run. In the unlikely event that we don't reach this number, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform you and allow you to get a refund or reschedule, so please watch your email/SMS one day prior to the class.

Knowledge required
This is a beginner-friendly class.
What you'll get
  • A beautiful range of cotton and silk fabrics to experiment with. We will explore the range of colours that can be created so you will have the beginnings of your own natural dye recipe book to take home with you.
  • A light gluten-free vegan lunch. Please let your teacher know of any special dietary requirements when booking.
What to bring
  • Something you don't mind getting messy in, or an apron.
  • Something colourful that inspires you.
  • Scissors, a notebook and pen.
  • Re-useable plastic bags to use to take your samples home in. You will need a few of these!

Bristol, South West

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Rhyannan Hall
Rhyannan Hall
(Oxidate Design)

4.8 (4)

Operating under the moniker ‘Oxidate Design’ Rhyannan produces fine art textiles, undertakes commissions and leads workshops. Textiles is not only essential to the survival for humankind but an expression of who we are and where we are from. It is one of the oldest technologies we have and has a vast history, it allows us to connect deeply with ourselves and others.

In a previous life Rhyannan trained in Costume and freelanced as a textile artist for theatre, film and TV. She has trained under artists from the Royal Opera House and worked for clients such as the Dominion Theatre, Red Bull and Mushroom from Massive Attack.

Her own artistic work is an inventive reimagining of a 140-year-old Japanese textile dyeing method called ‘Arashi Shibori’. Seeing the potential for this craft to become an expressive art form, she has been practicing arashi since 2014 - always experimenting with different materials, media and methods. There is a world of possibility. She brings a fresh angle to this esoteric craft by adding a dash of Bristol: the art, the politics, the music. Her artwork Eraser was on show at the Toyama Museum of Art and Design (Japan) as part of the prestigious international KOGEI award - which celebrates innovation in artisan-crafts.

Since then, she has been awarded a grant by the Daiwa Foundation and the Great British Sasakawa Foundation for travel and research in Japan in 2022. You can often find Rhyannan hiding in her ‘Art Cave’ which is located in The Island on Nelson Street. Concocting alchemical potions of synthetic and plant-based colours, she creates a palette of taste and rhythm and feeling.

Verified reviews

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Jade Kelly Mar 2022

An inspiring workshop, Rhyannan really encouraged experimentation and it was a lovely relaxing day. It was great being able to try out lots of different fabrics and see the different results from the same dye baths.

Natural Dye Textile Art Workshop review by Jade Kelly

Mary Watts Mar 2022

It was a very chilled workshop with lots of scope for experimentation as well as learning. Rhyannan is a very knowledgeable and encouraging tutor. She produced a tasty healthy lunch which was followed by a tour of the amazing location to see the pigs, goats and hens. A most enjoyable and inspiring day.

Natural Dye Textile Art Workshop review by Mary Watts

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