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Wild Colour - Dye, Pigment and Pattern Workshop

Mentored by Sacred Art of Geometry Studios Docherty
Location address: Forest Row, RH18 5JX
Chosen age group:

For ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £385
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest


Join us for this exciting and new collaborative course with two leading practitioners of 'natural pigment, dye and paint creation. Experience the joy and satisfaction of foraging and re-fashioning natural materials to create stunning dyes and inks, pigments and paints Learn the essentials of sacred geometry and how to create beautiful fabric print designs and 'resist' patterns using a variety of different methods and materials. This course will be infused with deep wonder and reverence for the bountiful gifts of the Earth and their harmonious and wholesome potential. ------------------------------------------------ Participants requiring accommodation/meals may contact Emerson College directly for details and availability: Telephone: +44 (0)1342 822238 Web: Alternatively, for a list of local B&B/Hotel options and a wide range of Airbnb options are also available locally, please contact the mentor using the purple 'Contact Mentor' butt...

Sacred Art of Geometry Studios Docherty
Daniel Docherty is co-founder and senior tutor at SAOG Studios, Emerson College and a visiting tutor at The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London. Daniel is particularly interested in how the revered quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy) inform the world’s artistic and cultural traditions. He lives with his family on the glorious Ashdown Forest. Deborah Barker Deborah grew up in the Sussex Countryside and has a degree in History of Design from the University of Brighton where she specialized in textile history. Her earliest experiments were collecting hedgerow plants with her children to dye the sheep fleece they gathered from the fields around their Sussex cottage. The passion she discovered for working with living botanical colours has never left her. She went on to study the craft of natural dyeing and has a deep respect for the knowledge that has been accumulated over generations. This understanding and a commitment to the sustainability, of both the dyestuffs and the materials she works with, underpin her approach to natural dyeing. When we work with sustainably sourced botanical pigment and natural fibres we become co-creators with nature. Deborah loves to work outside with foraged and found dyestuffs. Dyeing with plant material gathered from the land, mindfully and with care, can help us to slow down and connect with the living landscape. Where possible she will harvest plants in such a way that it will actively improve the biodiversity and ecology of the land. ‘I find the marriage of pigment and fibre, the way in which natural colours reflect the season, the geography, the weather and the alchemy of creating colour with materials from the local landscape, endlessly fascinating.’ Since 2015 Deborah been mentored by internationally renowned natural dyer Jenny Dean and has been teaching and demonstrating natural dyeing since 2013. As well as her creative practice as a natural dyer she is a freelance arts consultant and project manager in the cultural, health and environmental sectors. She has a particular interest in the intersection between craft, agriculture, education and wellbeing.

Learning aims

Learn more about which plants you can forage for natural dyes, inks and pigments.

Strengths to develop

You will develop your fine motor skills as you paint and print detailed designs. You will also be taking some exercise as you walk in the countryside to forage, not to mention the physical nature of grinding and binding up pigments and paints.

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we'll be

SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £385

Pricing information


My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.

Places are secured on receipt of a minimum 50% course fee deposit. The deposit is non-refundable. The remainder of the course fee is payable no later than the first day of course. The course fee includes all material expenses unless otherwise stated.


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