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Taster Workshop exploring Batik with natural plant dye

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Create a series of Batik samples hand coloured using natural and local plant dyes. Batik is a textile technique originating in Indonesia. Pattern is applied to cloth using molten wax with fine brushes and tools called tjantings, before coloured plant dyes are applied to the fabric.

During the two-hour workshop, we will sketch patterns onto cotton fabric squares, use the batik tools to apply the wax and add colour using dye from extracted local plant pigments. The patterns will be inspired by the botanical forms of plants and trees growing in Benmore Botanic Garden.

The workshop will be facilitated by local artist Valerie O’Regan. With over 25 years as a practicing tutor, Valerie will guide you through the Batik process and share her recent journey into plant dye extraction.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with a range of skills and creative experiences. 

Please bring along an apron. 

Booking:  Booking essential, as numbers are limited.  Please book your place by contacting Sybil Gray -

Venue: Courtyard Gallery @Benmore Botanic Garden

Dates: Tuesday 14th March 2023

Start Time: 10:30

End Time: 12:30