Natural Dye Workshops

The Textile Studio is excited to offer two natural dye workshops this spring.

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Natural Dye Printing

Thea Haines, Textile Studio Professor


This 3-day workshop introduces the process of screen-printing on fabric with natural dyes. Principles of preparing the fabric with mordants through printing and immersion will be explored, and methods for preparing dye extracts will be investigated. Students work together and independently to build up a series of beautiful technical samples and colour swatches, and will also have the opportunity to produce their own natural dye mono-prints using the open screen polychromatic printing technique. This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in Textiles.

No previous experience is required.

Dates: Friday May 22 – Sunday May 24 inclusive, 9:00-4:00 daily

Tuition $300 + $25 material fee* Maximum of 15 participants.

To register:

Natural Dye Printing

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Alternative Methods of Natural Dyeing: Introduction to rust-dyeing, eco-printing, and botanical transfer-prints

Janelle Guthrie, Textile Studio Technologist


In this 3-day workshop, participants will explore alternative methods of applying imagery and colour to cloth and paper with botanicals, rust, and food waste. Using ancient techniques in contemporary ways, students will prepare fabrics for dyeing and experiment by creating their own imagery and colour samples on a variety of fibres and surfaces.  Students will have an opportunity to create artwork as well as decorative silk scarves. This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in Textiles. No previous experience is required.

Dates: Friday June 5 to Sunday June 7 inclusive, 9:00-4:00 daily

Tuition $300 + $25 material fee* Maximum of 15 participants.

The following are some photos taken during Alternative Methods of Natural Dyeing last year.

To register:

Alternative Methods of Natural Dyeing

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A conversation with artist Anne Wilson.


Please join the Textiles Department as we welcome Anne Wilson, Artist and Professor of Fibre & Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. All are welcome to attend!

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Where: Textiles Studio
2:00pm – 3:30pm Artist talk; followed by roundtable discussion

“Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials — table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire.

Wilson’s art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, among others.

Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. Wilson’s work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit. She is a Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.”<>

Studio Time: Open House & graduation exhibition

the semester is over but theres still a lot going on, join us for this coming weeks at the following events,

Arts Open House & Craft Sale

Demonstrations, displays and studio tours.

Saturday April 26th, 10 am to 4pm

1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON

Come to see demonstrations, student works on display and learn about the different programs that  Sheridan offers.

We will also have a crafts sale on premises, purchase unique art and craft pieces from students and grads.

free admission and parking.




Sheridan Craft & Design Graduate Exhibition

May 1-­‐ May 12 , 2014

MakeWorks 1139 College St

Toronto Sheridan’s Craft and Design program is at the forefront of Canadian craft instruction. During three years of intensive studies, the ceramics, glass, furniture, and textiles students study in world-class studios from faculty that are critically acclaimed in Canada and internationally. The emphasis of the program is not only on developing superb design and technical skills, but also on learning to reflect on the role of makers in a contemporary context. The graduating exhibition Creo is the culmination of three years of exploration of concepts and techniques leading to the production of objects that can both challenge and inspire. The inquisitive and imaginative minds of the students created functional, decorative, sculptural and conceptual pieces that attest to their thorough understanding of materials and showcase their abilities as innovators highlighting their potential as future leaders in the craft field. Creo means “to create” or “make grow”. Mentorship, peer support and shared studio practice have provided an unparalleled opportunity for growth and creativity. These emerging craftspeople and designers have learned that an artist’s journey is never predictable, that surprises can inspire, collaboration can exhilarate. Sheridan graduates in ceramics, glass, furniture and textiles would like to take this opportunity to share their best with you.

Please join us for The opening reception on Thursday May 1st, 7-10 pm

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Alumni Spotlight: One Of A Kind Spring Show

Like its Christmas season counterpart the One of a Kind Spring Show showcases North American artists, makers designers and craftsperson’s  and it has been in running since 1979.

This year it was hosted at the Direct Energy Centre at the Exhibition Place from March 26th to the 30th and in addition to bringing back some of the Christmas show makers, the spring show introduces different artists and companies. Here we found more of our Sheridan Textiles Alumni and their wonderful work. To check out the previous alumni spotlight for the OOAK show click here.



Fionna Hanna

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Fionna Hanna graduated from the program in 2013 and is part of the Contemporary Textile studio Co-op in Toronto, where she works on her line of accessories and housewares inspired by nature, Canadian life and her biology degree. check out  her website and online store here.











Alana Mcleod


2010 graduate Alana Mcleod is also a part of the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op where she creates housewares, accessories and installations inspired by the Northern Ontario landscape and her heritage, check out her work  here.











Leikey Designs


Keiley Stewart graduated the program in 2011, she creates wearable forms and colourful accessories with a multitude of mediums, check out her website and online store here.














2012 graduate Christina Obouch using various techniques creates interiors and accessory products in her home studio in Hamilton, check out her website and online store here.












MADRAD textile design


Malcom Halley  graduated from the program in 2013 and is currently a resident artist at the Harbourfront Centre where he creates a line of handmade bags, check out his website and online store here.