Hi I’m Lauren and I’m an addict – a workshop addict. I’ve done a LOT of creative workshops over the years and last week I was super excited to take Ava to her first workshop at Home-Work.
Home-Work is a like a home away from home for me. I started doing workshops with Jess and Lara when they were Harvest Textiles, which feels like many moons ago now. I’ve done screen printing and fabric printing workshops and I’ve lost count with how many Shibori dyeing workshops I’ve done there.
So last Thursday we went along to the kids tie dyeing workshop, which is part of Home-Work’s school holidays program. We invited one of Ava’s besties from school and had an absolute ball.
We donned our aprons and Jess and Ash taught us the ins and outs of how to tie-dye. Using similar techniques I had learned in my Shibori workshops, we got to work with rubber bands and beautiful coloured dyes.
I love getting my hands dirty and Ava got right into it too. There were some lovely little moments when I stopped and caught her deep in concentration, trying to decide which colours to use on what pieces. And the look on her face when the dye squirted up on her arms and face, was priceless. We both came out with huge smiles and giggled at our pink and purple coloured hands.
As I’m a bit of workshop veteran, I knew to take lots of plain white clothing, so we could dye up a storm. And that we did. As well as the tea towels and pillowcase supplied, we dyed socks, t-shirts, long-sleeved tops, and leggings.
The results were so cool, I wish I’d taken some things for me too, I reckon I could rock the whole tie dye look (insert crazy-faced emoji here!). And the best part, Ava loved it and was so proud to show off her creations to Nana, who was waiting at home for us when we got back.
The next day, once everything was dry, Ava put on one of the tops, leggings, socks and then wrapped a tea towel around her like a skirt! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to capture that, but it’s a very sweet image burned into my memory.
So I’ve got the bug again and now I’m off to check out what other workshops we can do next.
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