Nina Royle: Botanical inks and dyes workshop

17 August 2024

Botanical inks and dyes workshop

Saturday 17 August, 1:30pm – 4:30pm


Limited places available: book here

Following on from her exhibition earlier in the season,  And so, the magpies multiply (23 March – 9 June, 2024) the artist,Nina Royle, will be offering a workshop on botanical inks and dyes

Colours from botanical sources – the chemical life-blood of roots, barks, berries, flowers and leaves, have been harnessed into dyes and inks for many thousands of years. Nearly all plant dyes can be manipulated to create a spectrum of not just one but several different hues. Some of these colours burn brightly but expire quickly, where others create stains that last for centuries. These colours and the processes for obtaining them, speak to diverse cultural practices and their relationships to land, trade, climate and the flux of seasons.

In this workshop we will explore some of these ideas through making inks and dyes from a range of ingredients including oak apples, hibiscus, safflower, onion skins, walnut hulls, black beans and seasonal flowers. Every ingredient has its own story. When creating dyes strong metallic mordents are often used to deepen or brighten colour, which can be harmful to the environment. Where possible the workshop seeks to minimise a reliance on these.

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Nina Royle

Nina Royle graduated with an MA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Art in 2016. She is an Associate lecturer, and Senior Painting Technician, at Falmouth University and has a studio at CAST in Helston.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Down Your Tresses, Arusha, Edinburgh 2022; Tongues and Mirrors in Mercury, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2021).

Recent group exhibitions and projects include: Act’s of Gathering (with Lucy Stein), Eden Project, Cornwall (2023); And One Day the Apple Fell (curated by Dan Howard-Birt) The Black Box UCA, Farnham; (2023) Hospital Rooms commission (with Libita Sibungu), Springfield Hospital, London (2022); Bathing Nervous Limbs, Arusha, Edinburgh, 2021.

Portrait of Nina Royle by Annie Handscombe

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