ECO TEXTILE WORKSHOPS IN ESSAOUIRA
Inspired by the rich textile traditions of Morocco, we are pleased to offer a series of four stand-alone one day workshops in natural dyeing, weave and slow stitch by a visiting textile artist.
The workshops will be delivered in a beautiful rural location a short drive from Essaouira.
COLOURS OF THE SUN NATURAL DYE WORKSHOPS
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Lalla Abouch Arganic farm at Tidzi, 20km south of Essaouira.
Workshops cost 75 euros/750dh per day - this includes all materials, refreshments and lunch.
Transport to/from the workshop not included, but can be arranged.
Spaces are still available for the full Colours of the Sun 10 day retreat. See Aviva's website for details
email Berberlands for more information and to book.
FRIDAY 13 MARCH
NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP
Dyes like madder, pomegranate and henna have all been used for centuries to colour wool in Moroccan carpets and other textiles.
Learn how to use these and other ingredients from the souk to dye local, hand spun wool using eco friendly methods.
Rich shades of reds, oranges and yellows can then be over dyed in a pre-prepared indigo vat to achieve secondary shades.
SATURDAY 14 MARCH
INDIGO RESIST WORKSHOP
Learn how to prepare an indigo vat using natural ingredients.
Experiment with various resist techniques including stitching and binding to make a unique indigo dyed scarf inspired by African textiles.
Use traditional printing blocks and other everyday objects with a special mud resist paste to decorate an organic cotton bag to be dyed in the indigo vat.
If time allows, at the end of the workshop, you may also dye a selection of your own materials in the indigo, these must be 100% natural (cotton/linen) and not weigh more than 50g per item.
SUNDAY 15 MARCH
FREESTYLE WEAVE WORKSHOP
Learn how to weave using a simple loom
Create a beautiful hand woven textile using the locally hand spun wool dyed with plant dyes, raffia and other up cycled materials
Learn various techniques to create pattern and surface interest.
MONDAY 16 MARCH
SLOW STITCH WORKSHOP
Learn how to create a fabric collage
Find your flow and explore mindful making to create a freeform textile stitched piece that can be made into a journal cover or sewing pouch.
You will be provided with a selection of materials for each of the workshops.
Additional undyed materials and other yarns will also be available to purchase to dye on the day for your own textile projects.
About the artist
Aviva Leigh is a textile artist based in England
who creates contemporary textiles based on
traditional skills using natural dyes, weave and stitch.
She is inspired by the colour and culture of Morocco
and regularly visits Essaouira to make work and share
her skills with others.