Eco-print, Dye and Stitch: A Creative Retreat

Join Edinburgh-based Bookbinder Cass Barron and Textile Artist Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw for a hands-on weekend exploring the creative potential of botanicals and bookbinding.

Eco-print, Dye and Stitch: A Creative Retreat

About Eco-print, Dye and Stitch: A Creative Retreat

Join Edinburgh-based Bookbinder Cass Barron and Textile Artist Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw for a hands-on weekend exploring the creative potential of botanicals and bookbinding.

Our base for the two days will be the fabulous Bridgend Farmhouse - a beautifully restored farmhouse and community project near to Craigmiller Castle Park, easily accessible by car and public transport.

Bridgend Farmhouse, Edinburgh, EH16 4TD

Over the weekend we'll be taking inspiration from the surrounding woodland and community gardens, working with local flora and fauna to create natural dyes, paints and eco-prints. We will also experiment with geli plate printing, ink stamping and calligraphy using handmade calligraphy pens/brushes.

On day one we will explore with a range of mark-making techniques under the guidance of Elisabeth, the output of which will be a body of hand-printed work onto paper and fabric. We'll also experiment with some polymer clay relief printing to create leaf press buttons that can be incorporated into your books.

On day 2 Cass will introduce a range of decorative and functional bookbinding techniques, and assist you in selecting and binding some of your creations into journals and artists books, including an eco-print sample book and creative journal.

This weekend retreat builds on our popular day-long collaborative workshops but has been designed to allow more time and space to introduce and experiment with a range of eco-printing techniques, binding methods and materials.

From this workshop weekend you can expect -

Beautiful surroundings
Passionate and friendly tutors with long-term expertise in their field
The chance to experiement and get creative without judgement (we believe in creativity for everyone)
Access to a range of specialist tools and materials
The opportunity to gain an understanding of eco-dying and bookbinding techniques, plus get hands-on with a number of different mark making processes
Woodland walks on the doorstep for fresh air and inspiration
At least two finished handbound books to take away
A body of prints on cloth and papers for you to take away
An eco-print and bookbinding starter kit so you can continue your creative play at home
A wealth of information on where to source materials and where to go for further inspiration
Good coffee and sweet treats!

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Eco-print, Dye and Stitch: A Creative Retreat are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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