Design Museum Academy Adult workshop

Workshop: Natural Indigo Dyes

Join this creative workshop with Samantha Russell, founder of Tens Studio, to learn tie dye techniques, play and explore with cotton textiles using natural indigo dye.

What to expect

This workshop will introduce the natural indigo dye, made from a plant that grows worldwide, with a colonial history and beautiful instant results.

Participants will learn about the history of the dye as well as simple tie dye and resist dye techniques and how to care for the dyed pieces.

The workshop will start with an introduction and instructions on how to use the indigo vat, followed by a session of hands-on experimentation with pieces of cotton using basic tie dye and resist dyeing techniques including string, elastic bands, wooden shapes and clamps.

Participants are asked to bring small pieces of used garment, preferably white or cream natural plant fabric textiles such as linen or cotton – if the garment is new the dye is less likely to take to the fabric.

Indigo dyeing process. Photo: Samantha Russell.


Samantha Russell (Tens Studio)

Russell is the founder of Tens Studio, a micro-clothing brand based in London. Her collections grow from her creative experiments, whose purpose is to rewild the system and restore natural processes to the way clothes are made. Tens Studio consciously uses resources including dead stock fabric which is reworked into new garments or second-hand clothes that are naturally dyed with food waste or plants. Tens Studio is passionate about sharing their sustainable fashion skills. Visit @tensstudio.

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Booking information

Adult: £50
Student/Concession: £45
Members*: £40

Early bird adult: £45
Early bird Student: £42

Early bird tickets until 30 December.

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s ticket and not those of additional guests. 

This workshop is for adults 18+ 

• Please bring a small old white or cream garment that you would like to dye, preferably a used natural plant fabric such as linen or cotton – if the garment is new the dye is less likely to take to the fabric.

• This workshop is open to to anyone with an interest in fashion design and does not require previous experience.

• Light refreshments and equipment will be provided for the duration of the session.

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

Background image: Indigo dyeing textile. Photo: Samantha Russell.