Workshop: Botanic Dyeing with Margaret Wilmot

When: Saturday 22 July, 10.30am - 2.30pm

Where: Studio within the Commonwealth Growth Centre, MAMA.

Price: $120 ($110 moMAMA / Concession), includes materials.

The alchemy of extracting golds, russets, greens and browns from Australian native plants and printing them onto fabrics using botanical and solar dyeing is an exciting process.

In this workshop, you will create two scarves, one pure silk, the other a fine wool and silk blend. The finished scarves will be dyed and imprinted with a unique pattern in the glorious autumn colours.

Leaves, seeds, seedpods, buds and flowers of native plants are placed on the fabrics, then tied in bundles. The bundles are left to sit while the plants and fabric undergo their transformation, before the fabric is unwrapped and the unique colours and patterns revealed.

All materials and equipment  provided, no experience necessary.

BYO packed lunch.

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Margaret is a Corowa textile artist who works primarily with silk fabrics combined with wool and other fibres to create wearable art pieces.

The colours and textures of her pieces are inspired by the River Red Gum trees along her beloved Murray River at the bottom of the garden.

Leaves, stems, flower buds and seed pods from Australian native trees are used to botanically dye the silk fabrics and wool fibre to achieve the earthy colours of the bush.

The use of Australian native plants as dye material is a continued delight as the results are totally unpredictable and unwrapping a bundle of silk and leaves that have been left to solar dye for several weeks is a very exciting experiment in alchemy. She has always loved fabrics and textiles particularly silks. On discovering the theory of felting with wool, Margaret took great delight experimenting with different techniques to create pieces with softness, lightness, and amazing colour and texture.

Margaret graduated with a Diploma of Education majoring in Sculpture and Jewellery but on moving to Corowa discovered the joys of working with wool.

She completed a Certificate of Weaving and a Certificate of Textile Colour and Design, and is a member of Victorian Feltmakers and continues studying with international and Australian masters of textiles.

In 2008, Margaret was one of the founding members of Gallery 294, Corowa Arts Co-operative. She has exhibited her pieces in many galleries locally and nationally.

She regularly conducts felting and dyeing workshops at Galleries, regional TAFE colleges and continuing education venues.

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