Contemporary Natural Dyeing

with Michel Garcia

Monday 7th to Friday 11th September (5 days)

£495 (materials included)

Plus £7 per day for lunch (optional) – most dietary requirements catered for


On this 5-day class, master dyer Michel Garcia will share his new insights into natural dyeing with simple but stunning methods to get solid dyes onto natural fibres and fabrics, using water and energy saving methods wherever possible.

In addition, he will present new ways to get polychromatic effects onto protein and cellulose fabrics using home-made printing media, consisting of colours extracted from dye-plants, mixed together with resist pastes.

A new method for botanic printing will also be presented, using leaves as stencils, and particular attention will be paid to the fastness of the colours achieved to both washing and light.

All the colour samples from each creative exercise will be fully documented in an illustrated and personally constructed booklet which will be built up during the week.

Participants will also discover how to make their own textile steamer, which will be used to fix their prints.

There will be plenty of new material for people who have previously attended one of Michel’s masterclasses, but it is also suitable for people who have just started to explore natural dyeing, and who are eager to learn from one of the world’s undisputed experts.

About the tutor

Michel Garcia’s reputation as a true master of natural dyeing is undisputed. He is based in France, but his work takes him around the world where he continues to explore sustainable methods to extract colour from plants.

We are delighted that Michel is returning to Newburgh to share his extensive knowledge with a class at Big Cat Textiles.

  • For more information, see his website.

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