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We are currently accepting EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST for our next workshop. Please CONTACT US with your availability over the next few months and we'll set a date to suits you.

Hand paint beautiful designs on textiles with natural dyes. You'll learn how to select and prepare textiles for dying, how to harvest dye plant materials (flowers, leaves), and make these into viscous all natural paints. Then it's time for you to embrace your creativity and put colour to cloth under the guidance of an experienced textile artist. You will use brushes, printing and other techniques to create unique textile designs.  During this full day course you'll produce a range of samples & a scarf to take home to begin your journey into natural textile painting. Includes homemade yummy morning tea. All materials supplied. Suitable for both the beginner and seasoned textile artist.

2.5 hrs duration

Includes homemade yummy morning tea & lunch. All materials supplied.

Hand Painting Textiles
with natural dyes Workshop


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Located a stones throw from the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie, 1hr drive north of Hornsby, in Blackalls Park (Newcastle Region), only 10mins from the Pacific Motorway. This workshop will be held at the urban permaculture property of Michelle, in her home textile studio. Nestled on the edge of a paperbark forest, you'll be surrounded by a thriving garden, ducks and a chook or two!

Michelle is an experienced textile artist, a graduate of The College of Fine Arts in Sydney, where she studied with nationally recognised textile artist Liz Williamson. Her fascination with colour, textiles, and love for plants has been combined in her continued study and exploration of natural dying, recieving recent tuition with textile artist Julie Ryder & master dyer Aboubaker Fofana. She is founder of Michelle Leilani, a sustainable textile company specialising in the art of natural dying.

Refunds upon cancellation by the student will only be awarded if we are able to fill your booked place. This still applies if the workshop is not fully booked, as we require a minimum number of placements to be filled in order to run the workshop and offer confirmation to students. Confirmation of the workshop will be made at the latest 5 days prior to commencement. In the event the workshop is postponed due to low enrollment numbers or other circumstances, you will be offered the choice of a full refund or credit towards any other course.
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