Classes and Courses

Experience the magic and satisfaction of learning to make your own beautiful and healthy textiles and papers using natural, local plant materials, sustainable print processes and recycled cloths. I love teaching these processesIt’s a core part of my studio practice and my work in community building, social practice and supporting sustainable living through handcrafts, making and mindfulness or “mendfulness”. Teaching is the cornerstone of my work. My workshops range from a few hours to week-long retreats, from tots to teachers, of all ages and abilities.

April |

INDIGO Intro

ColourField, Cardiff

Sunday 7th April 11am – 2pm | £20

Learn some basic techniques in natural indigo dyeing and pattern making with Shibori.

I’ll introduce you to indigo dye; show samples and inspiration. The vat will be made ready and you just can bring your own fabrics or yarns to dye: it’s worth bringing your own basic art and stitch kit – pinny, gloves, scissors, knife, threads, pins, tape etc.

Book here

Botanical Ink Making

April 27th 11am – 4pm

ColourField workshop, Cardiff

Get an introduction to botanical ink making and explore the fascinating hand techniques and natural materials I use in my work. Then you get to play and draw with inks made from plants, flower, berries and tools made from locally gathered materials. You’ll make beautiful marks and patterns onto cloth and paper, which will go into your own little botanical ink sample book.

You’ll get all your materials but it’s worth bringing your own basic art kit – berries or other potential ink ingredients, papers, scissors, brushes, knife, threads, etc.

Book here

May |

INDIGO day course

May 11th 10.30am – 4pm

St Fagans National Museum

This one day course is a chance to try your hand at indigo dyeing in the inspirational setting of Gweithdy, the Museum’s brand new workshop and gallery celebrating the skills of makers past and present. You’ll learn the basic techniques of natural indigo dyeing and pattern making.

The price of the course includes all materials required – but you are welcome to bring your own fabrics and yarns too: eg. napkins, t shirt, pillow case, a summer dress, linen trousers, scarves, a shopping bag or a table runner. The items don’t have to be white, in fact, some of the most interesting transformations happen on items originally with a print or other colour. Loved, gently used or stained items are also a great choice. Check the labels of the items to make sure they are made from natural fibres such as cotton, bamboo, hemp, wool, linen, viscose or silk.

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INDIGO Masterclass 2 day course with Make it in Wales

Stiwdio 3 High Street, Cardigan

Monday 13 – Wed 15th May

An introduction with history and samples will lead into understanding the basic techniques of indigo dyeing and pattern making with Shibori. We’ll make the indigo stock solution and learn many Shibori techniques, such as Arashi, Nui and Itjami.

All materials required are included but you can bring your own fabrics/yarns/garments too, as you can never have too much! 

A spacious work area, individual dye bath & information pack is allocated to each of you; it’s worth bringing your own basic art and stitch kit – scissors, knife, threads, pins, tape etc.

See Make it in Wales for full details and booking.

Botanical Ink Making and Drawing

May 18th 11am – 4pm

Old Lands, Nr Monmouth

Get an introduction to botanical ink making and explore the fascinating hand techniques and natural materials I use in my work. Then you get to play and draw with inks made from plants, flower, berries and tools made from locally gathered materials. You’ll make beautiful marks and patterns onto cloth and paper, which will go into your own little natures ink sample book.

OldLands house has a beautiful unique spacious work area and wonderful gardens. You’ll get all your materials but it’s worth bringing your own basic art kit – scissors, brushes, knife, threads, pins, tape etc.

Book Here!

Make your own bespoke workshop day…

Eco/Botanical plant prints

Seasonal local plant dyes

Shibori Dyeing techniques

Book making and binding

Bespoke Ink Making

Hire the workshop

Papermaking and casting

Colour reduction/Discharge printing

Devore/Burnout printing

Kids days and parties

Teacher’s CPD days

Hen Do’s and special days

Talks & Demos

To prepare for a workshop:
All materials and recycled/organic fabrics are supplied for you, but it’s a good idea to bring your own preferred gloves, a basic sewing and art kit with things like scissors, pins, needle and thread, pencils, ruler, brushes, anything you like to use in your own work. Also some plastic bags to take wet work home in. You can bring your own pre-washed items to transform, such as fashion or small home goods like napkins, tee shirt, pillow case, a summer dress, linen trousers, scarves, a shopping bag or a table runner. The items don’t have to be white, in fact, some of the most interesting transformations happen on items originally with a print or other colour. Loved, gently used or stained items are also a great choice. Check the labels of the items to make sure they are made from natural fibres such as cotton, bamboo, hemp, wool, linen, viscose or silk.
You need to wear clothing that you do not mind getting a drip or two of dye on!

Who I teach…
ColourField owner Catherine works with all who want to learn about natural dyeing with local plant materials, practice low-impact surface decoration techniques, re-connect with nature and develop artistic eco-literacy. She always works with great enthusiasm and patience, with all ages and abilities, from amateur enthusiasts to professional teachers, artists and designers.
With over 20 years experience of teaching and lecturing on textile, surface pattern, print and general visual art techniques, Catherine is comfortable teaching in a variety of settings, from nursery and primary through to community projects, higher education and artist groups.
Community groups, after-school, holiday clubs, scout & guide organisations: DPIA drawing workshop

A parent of a participant on a Criw Celf project wrote to us after:

My son ..enjoyed the half term project with Cath Lewis enormously. She’s a great teacher who engaged and encouraged him to create some lovely work. He came home every evening talking about the activities of the group and what he’d learnt. He was inspired to work hard on his book, which he enjoyed making from recycled materials, and is

already using his walnut ink for his GCSE work as well as making some of his own.

He found the experience of working with artists inspiring and it was lovely for me to see him come home buzzing with ideas and he’s looking forward to putting more of his ideas into practice.

This project was a wonderful opportunity for him and I’m delighted that he was given that opportunity and was able to take advantage of it.

He’s looking forward to the next project / workshop!’

If you would like to book a group workshop I can travel to your venue or you can come to the workshop in Cardiff. I supply all equipment and materials for a workshop tailored to your ages, interests and needs.

Education and Art project clients include:

Artes Mundi

Arts Council Wales

Bishop of Llandaff High School

Barnardos Cymru

Cardiff and Vale College

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Coleg Sir Gar

Communities First

Craft in the Bay

Craft Angels

Criw Celf Cardiff

Green City Events/Green Squirrel

Groundwork Caerphilly

Llandough Hospital

Made in Roath

Model House Craft & Design Centre

Newport children & family services

Ysgol Plas Mawr

RCT young carers

Sanctuary Newport

Shire Newton Primary school

Specialist Models

Surestart Wales

Tros Gynnal Plant

United Welsh Housing

Wales Dynamo project

Welsh Government

Whitchurch High School

Women’s Arts Association