to Dec 16

Botanical Ink and Paint Workshop

  • 1523 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC, V5L 1V9 Canada (map)
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Come learn how to make botanical drawing inks and watercolour paints from natural dyes and pigments. You will learn the basics of colors- and come away with a set of 4- 1/2 oz amber glass bottles of ink, and 6 watercolour half pans we make in the workshop, as well as the recipe to make more at home!

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to Oct 8

Ecoprinting on Silk, Wool, Cotton, and Paper

  • 1523 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC, V5L 1V9 Canada (map)
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In this 2 day workshop you will learn to naturally dye silk, wool, cotton, and paper using the ecoprint method.

We will be using both alum and iron as mordants to show the differences in colors based on mordants used- and leaves that were wildcrafted in late Autumn. No natural dye experience necessary.

You will go away with 2- 29"x29" scarves, samples on wool and cotton fabrics, printed paper, and the knowledge and instruction to recreate this magic at home.


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to Jul 23

Natural Pigment Production

Handbound Book

Handbound Book

In this workshop you will be learning the fundementals of pigment gathering and the production of botanical based inks and mineral based paints. There will be dialogue around how these processes are integrated within our studio practices and how we exist in relationship with the natural world.

We will start day 1 with a guided walk through Stanley Park to point out various plants and materials that can be used for artist materials. (Note: we will be working with pre-harvested materials, and will not be harvesting from within the park)

On day 2 we will be working with plants and minerals that have been harvested from within our landbase. We will learn the processes of botanical ink production, mineral based gouache and oil paints. There will also instruction on ecoprinting papers and fabrics.

On day 3 we will be exploring mark making using our paints and inks from day 2, working in both micro and macro scales. We will also be exploring the use of cyanotypes using found materials to create work.

Work by Genevieve

Work by Genevieve


Each student will leave with a body of work from the weekend, a set of botanical inks in amber bottles, a hand bound book that will be used throughout the workshop, and a set of mineral paints.

Friday July 21. 1-5pm

Saturday July 22. 1-5pm

Sunday July 23. 1-4pm

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Caitlin ffrench and Genevieve Robertson

Organizer of Natural Pigment Production

Caitlin ffrench is a textile artist working in East Vancouver (unceded Coast Salish Territories) She regularly teaches workshops in different applications of textile arts and natural dyes, is a knitwear designer, and tries to spend as much time as she can outside. Caitlin received a BFA from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and she attended the Kootenay School of the Arts for their textile program. 

Genevieve Robertson’s drawing-based interdisciplinary practice explores the material aroundthe body and under the feet: water, oil, wind, silt, flora, fauna and mineral. Her drawings map a visceral and long term engagement with place and often occupy the edge: the interstice between micro and macro, biology and geology, stability and flow. Through recent research in the Salish Sea region and the Fraser and Columbia rivers, she has engaged with the complexities that emerge when relating to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation. Her work is informed by a personal and intergenerational history of resource labor in remote forestry camps on the West Coast of British Columbia. Genevieve holds an MAA from Emily Carr University and a BFA from NSCAD University. She is a part time instructor at Emily Carr University.

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to Mar 12

Knit Social Retreat!

  • 22778 72 Avenue Langley, BC, V2Y 2K3 Canada (map)
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MARCH 10, 2017 2:00 PM - MARCH 12, 2017 

We are so pleased to announce our 2017 Spring Fibre Arts retreat in beautiful Langley, BC. Have you ever wanted to try eco-printing, ink making, shibori stitching, or indigo dying? This weekend will have it all! And the best part is, absolutely no experience required.

The retreat will take place Friday March 10th to Sunday March 12th at Springbrooke Retreat Centre. Located 45 minutes outside of Vancouver, Springbrooke is a quiet and inspiring place, surrounded by cedar trees and wildlife. In addition to it’s natural surroundings, the property also boasts a hot tub, pool, sauna and outdoor showers that overlook the Salmon River.

On Saturday, we will be learning eco-printing and ink making with Caitlin ffrench. In her workshop, you will learn to make botanical prints on fabric using leaves foraged in the Autumn as well as leaves from your local florist. She will be discussing mordants, health and safety, and the fastness of pigments. We will also be making a vial of botanical drawing ink while we wait for our eco-printed bundles to cook. You will go home with an ecoprinted silk scarf, a piece of printed cotton for use on Sunday, a vial of botanical drawing ink, and notes on the processes we used. After our dinner on Saturday we will be whisked away to the lovely LYS 88 Stitches for an evening of exclusive shopping!

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