Dyed in wool for felt

Kindy moth­ers brunch

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

TRY your hand at felt mak­ing - an an­cient tech­nique dis­cov­ered thou­sands of years ago and re­vived at the Dou­glas Arts Base - or wool dye­ing us­ing nat­u­ral prod­ucts at the next round of “come and try” work­shops.

DAB will host fi­bre artist Lizet Frit­jers, who said the old­est piece of felt was found in Cen­tral Asia and is dated at 5000 years old.

“Felt is the old­est fab­ric in his­tory and it’s cre­ated from wool with soapy water and with move­ment - put that all to­gether and it be­comes fab­ric,” she said.

“It has be­come con­tem­po­rary art and craft and peo­ple are ex­plor­ing new ways of us­ing it and com­bin­ing it with fab­rics, which is called nuno-felt.”

Stu­dents will cre­ate a fin­ished felt ar­ti­cle to take home. On the same day Lizet will host a dye­ing work­shop to in­tro­duce stu­dents to dy­ing wool from nat­u­ral prod­ucts and pro­duce dyes suit­able for cre­at­ing craft­works that are chem­i­cal-free.

“A long time ago peo­ple used only plants and earth for mak­ing colour and traded dye plants from Europe to In­dia,” she said.

“Syn­thetic colours were dis­cov­ered and took over and nat­u­ral dye craft was grad­u­ally lost be­cause you could get any colour any­time.

“More and more peo­ple are get­ting back into to it and try­ing to learn this tech­nique again as it be­comes more im­por­tant with our en­vi­ron­ment to work with what we have around us.

“With nat­u­ral dye, plants can give one colour in a sea­son and an­other colour in an­other sea­son and dif­fer­ent colours if planted in clay or sandy soil - there’s a lot of vari­a­tion which makes it re­ally in­ter­est­ing.”

Both work­shops are three-hour ses­sions to be held on Satur­day, May 19, at the DAB work­shop in Mill St, Moss­man, and cost just $20 each. Felt-mak­ing in the morn­ing and wool dye­ing in the af­ter­noon. To sign-up con­tact DAB on 4098 3337 or info@dab­moss­man.com CEL­E­BRATE Mother’s Day while help­ing to raise funds for the Port Dou­glas Com­mu­nity Kinder­garten with a brunch this Sun­day.

The early child­hood pro­gramme is run by vol­un­teer com­mit­tee mem­bers and lo­cal fam­i­lies and all money raised and do­na­tions will be for the ex­pan­sion and de­vel­op­ment of the kinder­garten.

The scrump­tious brunch will be at the Sea Tem­ple Re­sort and Spa and there will be some great prizes to win on the day in the Mother’s Day raf­fle.

The brunch will be from 11am to 1.30pm and tick­ets cost $25 for adults, $10 chil­dren five to 12 years and 0 to four years eat free, a wel­come drink will be served a cash bar is avail­able. Book­ings are es­sen­tial and can be made by call­ing 4084 3534.

New skills: learn how to dye wool and use felt

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