Workshop: Bundle Dyeing with Emily Mulvihill

Join artist Emily Mulvihill in MAMA Studio for two days of textile dyeing, using botanical dyes and bundle dyeing techniques.

Experience the beautiful array of colours that the natural world produces and learn how to extract them to create unique, vibrant patterns, colours, and textures in fabric.

Included in the workshop will be a linen tea towel and tote bag. You are invited to bring your own small item (up to 1kg) of cellulose fibre fabric (cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo) to dye. For example, a scarf, shirt, pillowcase, apron, pants, or home furnishing fabric.

In this workshop, students will learn how to:

  • prepare natural fiber fabric for dyeing by scoring and mordanting processes
  • select dye stuff from nature
  • produce bundle dyed patterns on fabric
  • alter colour using acids, bases and iron
  • correctly care for bundle dyed fabric

A set of four images in a grid, each displaying a stage of the botanical bundle dyeing technique.

  • When
    31 October & 1 November, 10.30am - 3.30pm (two days)
  • Where
    Workshop within the Commonwealth Growth Centre, MAMA
  • Price
    $300 ($270 MAMA Member/Concession)

All materials included.

Suitable for ages 16+

Meet the Tutor: Emily Mulvihill

Emily Mulvihill is a Riverina-based artist, maker, painting conservator and ceramicist.

Amongst her many creative endeavours, Emily has created em+M Studio, a made-to-order botanical dyed clothing label. em+M combines her love of sewing and natural dyeing to create clothing that she wants to wear in cuts that are flattering for the female figure, no matter what their body size or shape.

Emily's professional career as a painting conservator has predominately been spent in the USA. She recently returned from living in New York City where she worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Here she was fortunate enough to work on some prominent paintings from art history by artists such as Andy Warhol and Umberto Boccioni.

Emily completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School in Darlinghurst, a Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation from Melbourne University. Alongside her impressive career as a paintings conservator, Emily maintains a personal creative practice across a number of mediums, and thrives in environments where she is able to share her love for art and making with others.


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