The Ancient Craft of Natural Dyes

Subject: Textiles
Dates: 2 September 2019 - 6 September 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Nooshin Shafiei
Full price
£ 385

Discover the ancient art of dyeing with natural and sustainable dyes. This course is an introduction to preparing colour and hand-dying techniques for both paper and fabric.

On this course students will:

  • explore and learn about a range of dyes and where they come from in nature, including walnuts, madder, pomegranate, and more.

  • learn how to prepare dyes from natural substances

  • learn how to prepare a surface for dying using a suitable mordant or non-mordant

  • experiment with dying paper, cotton, silk and wool

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring ?

All materials are provided.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full-time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

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Tutor biography

Dr Nooshin Shafiei

Nooshin Shafiei began her career in woodcarving and marquetry before moving on to ceramics, illumination, miniature painting, metal engraving and weaving. She has studied under the supervision of Iranian traditional masters and attained a BA in Handicrafts (Distinction), MA in Art Research (Distinction). She received her PhD from the School of Traditional Arts. Her research, entitled Reconstructing the Saqqa-khaneh in the 21st Century: Designing Traditional Devotional Architecture for a Contemporary Context focused on the saqqa-khaneh, a public fountain that, since Safavid times, has been a feature of the urban landscape in Iran. Nooshin used her work as an artist and placed a project of creating a saqqa-khaneh for a London setting at the centre of the research. She has over twenty years experience as a tutor and has exhibited her work both in the UK and internationally.