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October 12, 2019

DyeHaus had the absolute pleasure to attend a 5 day immersion extravaganza of Natural Dyeing in Berkeley in September 2019, held by Catherine Ellis

The objective was to look at important aspects of Natural Dyeing one topic per day. 

This format was very successful...

September 17, 2018

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Natural Dye Conference at RMIT in Melbourne.  On a sunny Friday morning, the otherwise quiet campus was abuzz with ladies in felt hats, eco-printed tights, tops, coats and scarves. Creative extravaganza everywhere. 


June 27, 2018

No venue more could be more suitable for the current exhibition of the MET 'Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the catholic imagination' than the the Medieval Museum part of the The Metropolitan Museum in NYC, THE CLOISTERS !

This museum is overlooking the Hud...

March 23, 2018

Life and work

After graduation, Martin Margiela worked as a freelance designer for five years. Between 1985 and 1987 he worked for Jean Paul Gaultier, before showing his first collection under his own label, which he started with his business partner Jenny Meirens in 19...

March 21, 2018

DyeHaus is currently travelling and seeing the sites and meeting people in Paris under the expert guidance of Yoshiko Wada, doyenne of Shibori and founder of WSN. Does it get any better?

She introduced me to world - renown fibre artist Sheila Hicks, an area that hasn't...

March 4, 2018

You may remember this Instagram post from August last year. 

Click on the image and see what happened to it!

This piece of Cochineal dyed fabric with an Itajime shibori decoration was my contribution to an installation called “Standing Here”  (aptly named) at the HO...

February 19, 2018

Did you know that under Louis XIV quality control was assured through classification of grand teint (colourfast) and petit teint (non-fast) dyes? That Madder consists of 15 types of red and that tannins have anti microbial, antiviral and antifungal properties? If this...

July 14, 2017

Indigo is commonly associated with India, its origin. You may  be aware of cultivation in Central Asia and China as well, but America rarely comes to mind. Let me change your perception.

I promised a post on Indigo in America, so here it is, albeit with some d...

June 30, 2017

Working with Aboriginal women in Fitzroy Crossing, Kirsten Smith attended the last Mordant Printing workshop at DyeHaus.

She explained that she is instructing the women in dye techniques using local plant material.

The women have a very deep knowledge in bush medicine, s...

June 14, 2017

Above samples are wool mordanted in alum white, Symplocos mid yellow, Rhubarb light brown, undyed as yet. The yellow tints are natural mordants.

are a polarising issue. The article below by Alpenglow yarns published 2014 , sums it up so perfectly that I decided to re-po...

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