Art textiles

Eco-dyeing and printing with plants with Nawal Gebreel

Ref: S2D10708


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About this course

Learn how to eco-dye and print on paper and fabric. Using flowers and leaves gathered directly from the garden make a series of decorative papers and patterned natural fabrics.

Course Description

Contact printing using plant materials is often called eco-printing. We will use this method to make framable prints. You will gather the necessary flowers and leaves from the College’s cuttings garden, and together, with guidance, will use tools and equipment mentioned to experiment with different processing methods to grasp the basics of eco-printing and dyeing.

On the first day, you will learn the techniques of printing on paper, and on the second, you will experiment with eco-dyeing on natural silk and cotton fabric, incorporating simple shibori patterning.

You can also opt to make a simple notebook using the decorative paper that you printed on the first days.

You should leave confident to experiment further with these techniques after the course.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Most of the materials including dye solutions and a piece of habutai silk and cotton for sampling.

What students need to bring

  • Any fresh flowers, and cuttings of various plants from your own garden, if you can
  • Disposable gloves (fine gloves can be supplied) and an apron

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Additional Habutai silk fabric and papers, if needed
Please note: If you have any serious allergy or sensitivity to plants or flowers, please advise us in advance to check suitability.


Nawal Gebreel

Nawal Gebreel uses innovative 3D fabric manipulations to produce her label’s luxurious scarves and wraps. She sells her work internationally as well as at home. Nawal trained as a textile designer at Manchester Metropolitan University and soon set up her own label. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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