Eco Dyeing


Anita Dougall loves to explore creativity in the everyday, as well as artforms that connect her to her relationship with God, place and people, especially creation.  


She loves to create using many different mediums, eco printing and dyeing being one of her favourites.  Anita has been playing and experimenting with eco dyeing for over 6 years now.  

Eco Dyeing - am

Eco-dyeing with paper provides a unique experience - connecting to a place, its plants and its history, using what is available. Unwrapping a piece of eco-dyed cloth or paper is like unwrapping a present, you never quite know what you're going to get!  


There is a meditative element to the wandering in creation and collecting materials, as well as the wrapping and unwrapping in this process.  


Join Anita on a journey of possibility in learning and discovering more about where you are grounded, from a totally different perspective.



  • String or yarn that doesn't break if you pull it hard

  • Vinegar (cheap white vinegar is fine)

  • Various leaves (the day before or the day of printing)

  • Optional gum or wattle bark, dried wattle seed pods (any time)

  • Bits of rusty metal that you happen to come across about the place, especially flat or thin ones, nails or flattened bottle tops

  • Stainless steel or enamel pot – at least one; each pot at least 40-50 cm diameter

  • Tongs

  • Iron (as in, for ironing clothes) or large, very heavy book

  • Secateurs for snipping leaves or branches


  • Specialty watercolour and drawing papers

  • Silk Twine

  • Information with more details about what to gather/buy, and how to start preparing rust concoctions.


  • Wooden dowel (30cm or less) from Bunnings/hardware shop and/or copper or rusty iron pipe from scrap metal shop or tip shop - length 30cm or less. The bigger the diameter, the better

Additional Fee: $55

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