Would you like to learn how to turn cloth into a rainbow of colours without using synthetic colour? Would you like to rescue an old t-shirt by giving it a new life from your kitchen waste? How about growing plants in your garden that produce colour?
The Festival of Natural Dyes is a series of events by that explore all of these themes and more. You can attend an intensive workshop, a half-day session or drop in to one of the natural dye craft groups in your area. The Festival lists everything happening in the natural dye space around the state so that you can pick and choose.
Natural Dye Conference
At the centre of the Festival is a two-day conference where participants can hear from professionals in farming, processing, manufacturing or researching natural dyes. The Natural Dye Conference will explore the opportunities that botanical dyes present for local fibre industries.
The conference will feature an eucalyptus exhibition by Sally Blake.
Sally Blake's eucalyptus dye database is the culmination of research into the colour produced from over 200 species of Eucalyptus. Sally will bring her exhibition to Melbourne for the first time as part of the Conference.
Kirsten (Memories of Country), Amanda and Dianne (Walibirri Designs) from Gooniyandi/Fitzroy Crossing will present the Natural Fashion Collection presented at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2018. The session will look at opportunities to collaborate with bush dyers.
Held on both days, a hand on workshop will allow you to get up close and personal with an organic indigo vat with Heather Thomas. Dip-dye your own scarf and learn the basics of setting up an organic indigo vat.
The conference is hosted by RMIT University on the Brunswick campus and tickets can be bought for 1 day or as a two-day package.
Sponsored by Australian Fashion Council, RMIT University, Victorian Government, Pip Magazine, Fibresmith, Sunspun Yarns, ETC Designs