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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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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