Experience the magic and satisfaction of making your own patterned textiles and papers with natural products, local plant materials, sustainable print processes and recycled textiles. On each course you’ll work with organic artist Catherine Lewis, who has over 20 years experience in teaching textiles and print processes. Booking is here.
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 Catherine can travel to your venue or you can come to the workshop in Cardiff. She supplies 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