Block Printing with Natural Dyes with Madder Cutch & Co
07 May

Block Printing with Natural Dyes with Madder Cutch & Co

To celebrate our last weekend of the Great Print 8 Exhibition, we are delighted to have Nicola Cliffe, founder of Madder Cutch & Co in residence at Rheged. Nicola is a leading expert on printing on textiles using plant dyes.

This 2-hour class will cover the basic principles of making a printing block from simple everyday items, like a potato and cardboard. Other techniques and possibilities will be discussed and an overview of what makes a good repeat pattern will help the attendee to produce their own unique design. The design will be printed onto a cotton tote bag using Madder Cutch & Co’s unique printing inks.
This class is open to adults and children (12 years and older) and will also provide an insight into how plant dyes are produced. For those unable to use a knife, wooden printing blocks will be available for use.

Nicola Cliffe, a chemistry teacher, with a lifelong love of textiles and an aim to redress the careless use of synthetic dyes worldwide, launched Madder Cutch & Co. in October 2016 after graduating from UAL. Madder Cutch & Co. create beautifully designed fabrics that are printed using sustainably sourced plant dyes and pigments. Their original designs are hand screen-printed on 100 % linen. Made from plant extracts woad, madder, cutch, weld and pigments such as charcoal, Nicola used the latest, most environmentally friendly methods, to show off the colours at their beautiful best. These colours have been used since antiquity and have a long and interesting history.

10 – 12am
3.30 – 5.30pm

Please bring
Design ideas
Apron or old clothes

£30 pp including all materials (ink, tote bags, potatoes)
Maximum 15 per class
Minimum age 12 years
07 May