Design Museum Academy Creative Workshop

Design Camp: Natural Dyes for 11 to 14 year olds

Learn how to use fresh and dried flowers to naturally dye silk in this eco–conscious workshop with designer Georgia Bosson to create your own hand-dyed hair ties and scrunchies.

Suitable for young people aged 11– 14.

Images by Georgia Bosson

What to expect

Join us to learn about bundle dyeing techniques, how to make natural dyes and pigments and how different fibres respond to them.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to dye silk with bundle dying using only natural flora. We'll be using seasonal plants along with a selection of carefully dried flowers.

  • Learn how to stitch hand-dyed fabrics and turn them into hair ties and scrunchies.

  • Create two unique lengths of delicate silk that we will use to create a hair band or scrunchie that you will be able to take home.

  • You will leave with the knowledge and skills required to make your own bundle–dyed items, using simple equipment which can be found in your kitchen.

In this inspiring and fun workshop, we will also explore creating dye baths from waste foodstuffs to give you the tools to start your own creative journey.

Please note that all equipment, materials and light refreshments will be provided for the duration of the session, but you must bring a packed lunch.


Comments from participants of our 'Remake and Reuse' Design Camp last October, with Georgia Bosson:

'I liked that you could do whatever you wanted to do.'

'It was fun, inclusive and I learnt a lot.'


Georgia Bosson

Bosson is a print and product designer specialising in textiles. Her collections combine hand screen printed textiles and timber products with quilting and embroidery. Bosson's creative process is craft-led with drawing and paper stencil screen prints and she is inspired by finding patterns in unexpected places she seeks to create a fresh and contemporary yet timeless aesthetic.

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Booking information

Young person: £65
Early bird young person: £59
Members: £52
Early bird Members: £47

This workshop is suitable for young people aged 11– 14 who are at a beginner level.

Early bird tickets are available until 20 March.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

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