Floral Dyeing Workshop with Botanical Inks

part of Make! Summer Workshops

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Use fresh flowers to naturally dye fabric in this eco–conscious workshop with artisan dye studio, Botanical Inks.

Learn the contemporary "bundle dye" process, for direct application of plant dye colour from flowers and plant materials into cloth, using a simple steaming technique.

Create a unique length of Botanical Inks printed cloth, using a special organic British-grown "peace silk" to make into a scarf, pillowcase, ribbons or other creative project of your own.

You will leave with the knowledge and skills required to make your own bundle–dyed items again, using simple equipment which may be found in your kitchen, and with your own unique, natural dye printed length of silk.

  • All materials are provided
  • No experience required
  • Workshop duration: 2 hours
  • Maximum capacity: 14
  • This workshop has an age restriction of 16+. Participants below the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

A ½ m length of organic British-grown silk is provided and included in the ticket price. More will also be available for additional purchase along with copies of the new Botanical Inks book. All other materials and equipment
are also provided. You may wish to bring an apron or wear clothes which you don't mind getting messy, although the only mess will really be vinegar and flower petals. You may also wish to bring a notebook or camera to catalogue your creative journey.

Part of Make! Summer Workshops

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About the makers

Bristol based Botanical Inks provided small–scale natural dyeing services for designers and businesses, and a platform for re–skilling creative communities with local plant knowledge and contemporary traditional 'low-impact' surface application techniques.

They harness environmentally sustainable colour from the local landscape, gathering wild plants, harvesting organic produce and re-cycling farm and food waste to extract colour, along with well sourced exotic natural dye extracts.


'We teach people to forage for local colour-producing plants and use a variety of dye and print processes, without the use of any toxic synthetic chemicals or heavy metals. Promoting earth-friendly and biologically nutritious products is integral to our mission'

-Botanical Inks


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