Friday October 6th & Saturday 7th 2017 – Jenny Leslie

Jenny Leslie

Friday talk – Contemporary Approaches to Natural Dyeingjenny leslie 3

Saturday workshop – Leaf Printing with Natural Dyes and Mordants

Jenny makes ecodyed textiles using traditional and contemporary techniques, thus combining her interests in fabric and gardening. Using shibori, batik and resists combined with eco leaf prints and compost dyeing she forms large and small wall pieces as well as accessories.

On Friday evening Jenny will tell us about how her interest in the natural dyeing began and developed into her own approach to and use of ecodyeing. Along the way Jenny also aims to include information on dyes, plants etc. and traditional techniques. Jenny will also bring samples of her work to illustrate the processes and what can be achieved with these naturally dyed textiles.

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In the Saturday workshop participants will be using a variety of fabric, paper, leaves and mordant to make steamed and bundled leaf prints using the following methods:


  • Bundle dyeing – leaves layered with fabric, rolled, tied up and boiled

  • Steamed sandwiches – layered fabric/paper and leaves, wrapped around a firm core and steamed

The dyed fabrics can later be embellished with stitch and/or incorporated into larger works.

Suitable for all

Jenny uses natural dyes and prints derived from natural products for her textile art works. She is very interested in traditional as well as contemporary techniques in dyeing and printing. All her fabrics are coloured and printed by hand.

Indigo dyeing with an organic fructose vat is a favourite as it uses a traditional recipe developed by Michel Garcia, that is environmental friendly.

By using natural products from sustainable sources and themes based on nature, Jenny hopes to ignite an interest in the environment and climate change.

Jenny has a degree in Textiles and Embroidery, with the Julia Caprara School of Textiles in association with Middlesex University. 2010

Jenny is a member of East Anglia Stitched Textile Group,The Eagle Gallery Bedford and ERTF.