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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. Her artwork explores themes of regeneration after scarring or destruction, involving landscape, and this year she was a finalist in the Bay of Fires Art Prize.

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Eco Dyeing - am

Eco-dyeing with paper provides a unique experience - connecting to a place, its plants and its history, using what is in the landscape to make and create. Unwrapping a piece of eco-dyed cloth or paper is like unwrapping a present, you never quite know what you're going to get! It's a journey of discovery and allowing the journey to speak to you as much as what the results will be.

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)

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

  • Tongs

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

  • Secateurs for snipping leaves or branches


  • Specialty papers

  • Twine

  • 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

  • Stainless steel or enamel pot – at least one; each pot ideally 40-50 cm diameter, source from op shop

Additional Fee: $70

Max & min numbers apply, make sure you indicate a second choice for morning elective when registering in case your first choice is unavailable

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