Feb
25
to Feb 27

3-Day Indigo Workshop

Tasmania/Huon Valley, AU 

This workshop focusses on powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-chemical and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. Unlike indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source, and the fructose vat is also relatively straightforward to put together and to use. This workshop will explain the unique chemistry of indigo, principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, as well as choice and preparation of the textile to be dyed. Over three days, participants will be shown how to prepare powdered indigo and how to set up the dye-vat, dye a set of samples, and work on a larger project with Aboubakar's assistance. 

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Feb
23
to Feb 24

2-day Stitching Workshop

Tasmania/Huon Valley, AU 

This workshop will introduce participants to the techniques that Aboubakar uses extensively in his own work. Using lengths of Malian handspun and handwoven organic cotton, participants will stitch together either a shawl or an envelope pillowcase. They will then learn how to finish the edges and make either fringes or tassles depending on which project they choose to undertake. Both projects are entirely handsewn, so although you do not need any experience you will need patience and perseverance. 

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Feb
18
to Feb 20

3-Day Mud Dye Workshop

Tasmania/Huon Valley, AU

This three-day-long workshop will introduce participants to the principles of mineral mud-dyeing. They will be shown how to prepare the mordant and the mud as well as the textile to be dyed, and how to apply and fix the colour. Aboubakar uses this technique a lot with very calligraphic designs, and it lends itself beautifully to drawn or painted designs. After participants have become familiar with the principles and have experimented with samples, they will then work on a large project with Aboubakar's assistance.

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Jan
29
to Jan 31

3-Day Indigo Workshop

Byron Bay, AU 

This workshop focusses on powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-chemical and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. Unlike indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source, and the fructose vat is also relatively straightforward to put together and to use. This workshop will explain the unique chemistry of indigo, principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, as well as choice and preparation of the textile to be dyed. Over three days, participants will be shown how to prepare powdered indigo and how to set up the dye-vat, dye a set of samples, and work on a larger project with Aboubakar's assistance. 
This workshop will also include an introduction to simple shibori and resist-patterning techniques which are suitable for use with indigo. Participants will come away with enough knowledge to set up their own vats and start working with indigo, as well as a deeper understanding of how indigo works and how to achieve the best colour-fast, light-fast and even results with this ancient and singular dye-stuff.

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Jan
25
to Jan 27

3-day Mud-dye Workshop

Byron Bay, AU 

This three-day-long workshop will introduce participants to the principles of mineral mud-dyeing. They will be shown how to prepare the mordant and the mud as well as the textile to be dyed, and how to apply and fix the colour. Aboubakar uses this technique a lot with very calligraphic designs, and it lends itself beautifully to drawn or painted designs. After participants have become familiar with the principles and have experimented with samples, they will then work on a large project with Aboubakar's assistance.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be familiar with the techniques of this dye, and should be able to go off and experiment with our local mineral muds and tannin-bearing plants. M

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Jan
11
to Jan 22

10-Day Intensive Workshop

Byron Bay, AU 

This is a very intensive 10-day-long workshop, held over two consecutive weeks which will serve as a comprehensive introduction to dyeing with natural dyes, but is also suitable for people with dyeing experience to extend their repertoire and techniques. Its main focus is Aboubakar Fofana's speciality, the fermented West African indigo dye-vat, made using the whole indigo leaves and fermented over a week to ten days to produce a dye of unmatchable colour and fastness. But whilst participants wait for the fermented dye-vat to reach maturity, they will be shown other dyes, including powdered fructose (quick vat) indigo, mineral mud-dye, and a host of other colours from madder, cochineal, weld, oak-gall and catechu.

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