Rust marks – printing and dyeing for art textiles with Alice Fox

Art textiles

Ref: SWE10959

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About this course

Explore the potential for printing and dyeing with found rusty objects on paper and fabric. Develop a collection of unique artworks responding to your prints with hand stitch, collage and simple book making techniques.

Course Description

The tutor has developed a reputation for using found objects in her work. Sharing her experience of rust dyeing techniques, she will guide you through making your own unique marks and the possibilities of responding to those with hand stitch.

Expect to produce a series of unique prints and marks on paper and fabric, exploring the potential for printing and dyeing with found rusty objects. Looking at different approaches to using the technique in textile-based work and taking an experimental approach, you will make marks using rusty objects on both paper and cloth, learning how to set things up and allowing them time to develop.

We will look at ways to create interesting surface textures through hand stitch and fabric manipulation as a pre-cursor to rust dyeing. Through the course you will develop a range of samples and small works, incorporating hand-stitch, fabric manipulation, collage and simple book structures.


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

What students need to bring

  • Rusty metal objects: please collect a range of small rusty metal objects to bring to the course. Rusty nails, washers, paper clips, bottle tops, food or drink cans, small tools, etc.
  • Basic hand sewing kit: range of needles, fabric scissors, paper scissors, and favourite threads
  • Notebook and camera or phone for recording process
  • Apron or protective clothing for messy work, including rubber gloves for dyeing, which extend above the wrist
  • Stout covered non-slip footwear for workshop use

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Range of papers of different weights (cartridge, printmaking or watercolour papers are ideal)
  • Some natural plain fabrics
  • Tissue paper
  • Available from tutor:
  • A range of natural plain fabrics (linen, silks, cotton)
  • Further selection of papers, and tissue paper
  • Industrial felt backing
  • Threads for wrapping, dyeing and stitching (linen, silk, cotton)
  • Protective gloves


Alice Fox

Alice studied Textiles in Bradford and has practiced as a full time artist since 2011, regularly teaching workshops and exhibiting widely. She is a member of the Textiles Study Group and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Alice's book Natural Processes in Textile Art was published by Batsford in 2015.
My approach to teaching is very much based on sharing my own experience and encouraging students to find ways of using techniques appropriately in their own work.


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

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