Organic Screen-printing with Natural Dyes
With Dizzy Ink
16 April - 18 April
This practical three day course delivered by Dizzy Ink is designed as a way to give a glimpse into the screen printing process that has been influenced by nature.
We will ask questions such as ‘how can we better form a link between natural pigments and printing processes?’ and will be covering the use of natural pigments to dye fabric, as well as screen printing onto local paper and then dyed onto fabric.
We’ll also be looking at ways that we can create new works in nature, taking inspiration from the world around us whilst working with eco-friendly materials.
This is a very practical and hands on course. You will leave with lots of experiments and designs to take home with you.
By the end of the three days you will:
- Know what to forage from the landscape to make your own homemade pigments.
- Understand the screen printing process and what works well.
- Lean about fabric preparation and the dying process involved.
- Know how to prepare and expose screens for printing.
- Have created your own printed artworks, with time to experiment and learn what works.
- Have the opportunity to show and present your work to others.
Accommodation can be provided with this course making this a fully immersive learning experience and giving you the time and space to develop a new peer network.
If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
Wanting to make our courses as accessible as possible, we have set up a payment plan so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 4 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.
Dizzy Ink is a Risograph and screen printing studio based in Nottingham, established by Benjamin Kay and Craig Proud.
Focusing on print production and publication design as well as organising creative workshops, they have an ethos of collaboration and work alongside creatives to help them develop their print projects.
Their signature exhibition Three Months On was on show at Derby's contemporary art space QUAD three months after the 2016 referendum. Combining a series of workshops, curated submissions from both voting demographics and Dizzy Ink’s original designs. Channelling the beauty of hindsight, audiences are encouraged to voice their opinions surrounding the campaigns, the vote and the effects following the referendum Three Months On, through submissions which flow from an E-printer within the space, contributing to the evolving entity as the space develops over the duration of the exhibition as it perpetuates the debate.
On this first day you will be introduced to the Dizzy Ink Studio team and walked through the processes you will be covering over the next three days. You will be foraging for your own materials in the Clayhill landscape after learning what ingredients work well. And after lunch you will be learning about fabric preparation and dying process. We end the first day with an introduction to the screen printing process and what works well throughout your time printing, along with some common mistakes.
Taking on board everything you learnt in day one, you will be practically applying these skills and creating your own printed artworks, having time to experiment and learn what works. The Dizzy Ink team will be on board throughout for guidance and 121 advice. After lunch you will learn about setting up your screen for printing, along with finialising your artworks ready for the main print.
Through the experiments from Day two and everything you have learnt up to this point, you will be learning how to prepare and expose your screen, ready for more printing and experimentation. This will continue throughout the day, giving you plenty of time to push your ideas and create new artworks. We will end this last day with a showcase of works and go through all that you have learnt during the course. We will pack up your print ready to take home and answer any outstanding questions for getting yourself set up for printing at home.
The course is a suitable for lovers of the natural world, who draw inspiration from it whilst being respectful and caring for the impact that we have.
A piece of old cotton clothing. This can be a t-shirt, blouse, vest, (pants if you really want!) We’ll dye this as a test for the pigments allowing you to give your piece a second life! PLEASE NOTE: The work you will be doing as part of this course means you will be getting very messy. Please bring old clothes to work in. Aprons will be provided, but if have your own that you like to use - bring them!
Yes! We provide refreshments throughout the day and a home-cooked lunch which is freshly prepared in our Granary kitchen. Lunch is served around our communal dining table, offering you a great chance to get to know everyone on the course and share in the making processes you have been developing throughout the day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements before arrival.
Yes! All of our bedrooms here at Clayhill are en-suite so you will have your own private space to retreat to and relax in after spending your day in the meditative space of the Studio. We provide you with your own towels and bathroom products for use throughout your stay and you can enjoy the extensive grounds well into the evening. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
We offer Gift Vouchers for use with our courses and events.
Working with Deborah and Michael was such a pleasure. They understood the project from the beginning, what the needs of the makers and our audiences would be, and acted as thoughtful ambassadors for the project when we were not able to be there. Every aspect of the exhibition and events was facilitated in such a calm and confident manner, which made my job of coordinating a group of artists so much easier! The whole event became a pivotal moment for the project, bringing people together in a way I could never have anticipated, and which has altered my thinking about the future of the project. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.
The weekend I spent at Clayhill Arts was a very welcome change of scenery to my otherwise urban setting. I felt calmed yet invigorated by the surroundings, and the accommodation was beautifully tasteful and very homely. The main space is wonderfully considered and very versatile - an ideal space for creativity and dynamic discussion. I left on the Sunday feeling energised and inspired by the experience of staying at Clayhill.
As a singer it has been one of the best spaces to sing in with generous reverberation and acoustics. It is a space which complemented the type of instruments I was working with and the songs.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being at your venue. It is a lovely and inspiring artistic space. The food was fantastic, homely yet unusual. I really enjoyed the day.
As an artist retreat, the venue at Clayhill Arts provided a warm and welcoming environment, allowing a safe and constructive space where individuals creative needs can be met.
We were lucky enough to be able to take over the whole venue for a weekend, using the Granary as our base for experimentation, discussion and shared learning. The informality of the accommodation, and the relaxed surroundings, put everyone at ease and offered a space where cooperation and encouragement evolved naturally.
Everything was wonderful! This is a beautiful place. Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay.
Clayhill feels remote which is great but it also is close to Cannington which has everything, so supplies can be bought without travelling a great distance...I also really enjoyed that it is still a working farm, because it feels productive and there is such a lot of life around us which is very inspiring