RMIT BRUNSWICK, MELBOURNE

31 AUGUST – 1 SEPTEMBER 2018

Natural dye conference

A two day event for industry on the creation and use of Australian botanical colour in textiles. 

Colour capability

The Natural dye conference brings the textile industry together to connect with natural dye services and expertise.  Hear from professionals in farming, processing, manufacturing or researching natural dyes. Explore the opportunities that botanical dyes present for local products.   

Sessions

From micro to macro  – scaling natural systems for the textile industry. 

The natural dye system at scale
The natural dye system at scale

Meriel Chamberlin and panel

Meriel will present her experience as a dye technician of using natural dyes in her all Australian cotton brand, Full Circle Fibres. The panel will discuss use of natural dyes at different industry scales. (Photo: Lolo Beau)

Collaborations
Collaborations

RMIT

Focusing on collaborations between agriculture, artisans, processors, educators, researchers and designers.

Microeconomics of Bush Dyes
Microeconomics of Bush Dyes

Kirsten Smith

Kirsten (Memories of Country), Walibirri Designs from Gooniyandi/Fitzroy Crossing will present the Natural Fashion Collection presented at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2018. The session will look the success of bush dye social enterprises and opportunities to collaborate.

Indigo the Organic Way
Indigo the Organic Way

Heather Thomas

Held on both days, this hand on workshop will allow you to get up close and personal with an organic indigo vat. Dip-dye your own infinity scarf and learn the basics of setting up an organic indigo vat.

Eucalptus Dye Database
Eucalptus Dye Database

Sally Blake

Sally Blake's Database is the culmination of research into the colour produced from over 200 species of Eucalyptus. Sally will bring her exhibition to Melbourne for the first time as part of the Conference.

Native Indigo
Native Indigo

Panel

Opportunities for natural indigo production and use in Australia. A cross sectoral panel will discuss common barriers to extracting colour from this native plant.

Festival of Natural Dyes

20 AUGUST – 10 SEPTEMBER 2018

The Natural dye conference is part of the Festival of Natural Dyes. The festival allows further exploration with a program of classes, exhibitions and workshops offered by experts in and around Melbourne. 

Expression of Interest to host an event as part of the Festival of Natural Dyes are currently open.  Expressions of Interest close on 30 June 2018.

Sponsors

Our partners support local economic growth opportunities and sustainable product development. The Festival of Natural Dyes is run entirely by Fibreshed Melbourne volunteers on a non-profit basis. All the support we receive will go towards covering the costs of offering the event.

GET IN TOUCH

The Festival of Natural Dyes is bought to you by: