Pollard Designs

Naturally Dyed Textiles

WORKSHOPS

Workshop Program

We have completed our 2017 program but please register your interest by emailing us and we will put you on our mailing list to let you know when we schedule more events and workshops.

Our workshops are designed to provide you with inspiration and practical techniques to create your own beautiful textiles.  Our philosophy is to encourage people to be inspired and embrace their own creativity.  Our spacious purpose built textile studio is a perfect space for you to learn and be inspired whilst gathering with like minded textile lovers. The unique bush land setting overlooking the Wungong Dam and our unique colour garden can only inspire you.


Make sure you are on our mailing list and we'll let you know about our workshops and events.

  • Studio Workshop Program - at our Bedfordale Textile Studio venue 40 minutes South of Perth
  • Mini Workshop Program - now held at our Bedfordale Textile studio.
  • Visiting Artisan workshops from time to time - at both venues 
  • Artist Talks - Come and hear about how we do what we do. We'll share our creative inspiration,            natural dyes, processes and values. 
  • Open Studio Days - Come and see where the magic happens at our beautiful textile studio. 

Come Free - If you would like to have a workshop for a group of your friends or colleagues as a special event we can make arrangements with you. Arrange a group of 8 or more people and you can come for free yourself!


To book for any Workshop please email us at [email protected] 

and tell us which workshop you would like or use our contact form.

Studio Workshop Program 

Trudi Pollard has been working, studying, lecturing and teaching in the areas of fibre arts and ceramics for 40 years. Learn from a passionate artist and Master Natural Dyer in a nurturing and creative environment.


This unique bush land setting overlooking the Wungong Dam and the unique 'Colour Garden' can only inspire you.We have a spacious purpose built textile studio. 

It's a perfect space for you to learn and be inspired whilst gathering with like minded textile lovers.


  • All Studio workshops are $150 per day plus $25- materials kit& natural dye booklet (Total $175)
  • 9.30am for 10am start to 4.00pm  (P.S. we always finish later) 
  • Class numbers are limited.
  • Includes a yummy vegetarian lunch, morning and afternoon tea. 
  • Includes our free Natural Dye Booklet designed for each workshop - authored by Trudi and Helena
  • Includes use of all workshop facilities and materials.
  • Hand woven silk fabric suitable for dyeing will be available for purchase on your workshop day.
  • 10% off voucher at our on line shop - www.minaartisans.com
  • You will be sent an information sheet with materials etc when you have booked and been confirmed in your workshop

Saturday June 10th 2017

Intro to Organic Indigo Dye
It’s a rare treat to experience organic indigo dyeing using natural organic indigo vats.  You will also learn introductory shibori  techniques to create patterns on your fabric. Trudi will prepare a natural indigo fermenting vat using fruit and earth minerals in our eco- friendly way. You will be shown how to make a vat for yourself and most importantly - how to keep it alive. Discover the magic of Indigo that has fascinated textiles lovers for centuries! This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Send us an email if you're interested in this workshop.

Saturday July 15th 2017

Intro to Natural Dyes
A comprehensive introduction to the wonderful dye colours from our very own Australian plants, everyday vegetables and other natural dyes from around the world. From reds to browns, greens, yellows, and golds obtained from petals, barks, leaves, and roots. Be fascinated by the amazing colours you will discover. You will learn the basics and secrets of effective sustainable natural dye practice from a Master natural dyer. Suitable for all levels.
   
Send us an email if you're interested in this workshop.

Saturday July 29th 2017

Master Class Natural Dyes

Spend a day focusing and extending your natural dye knowledge. This is an intensive day where you will use more advanced techniques of over dyeing, pre & post mordanting to open a whole world of colour possibilities. You will use Australian plants, dyes from around the world and our Organic Indigo vats. Suitable for those with previous natural dye and shibori knowledge or have attended our Intro to Natural Dye Workshop. 

Send us an email if you're interested in this workshop.

Saturday June 3rd 2017

Wool and Natural Dye

Wool skeins require particular methods of immersion dyeing to be successful. This workshop explores both natural dye and wool shibori techniques using skeins of wool. A comprehensive introduction to the wonderful dye colours from our very own Australian plants, everyday vegetables and other natural dyes from around the world.  If you're a knitter, weaver, tapestry, crochet or wool lover this is the day for you! Suitable for all levels.

Saturday June 17th 2017

Advanced Organic Indigo Dye

Explore deeper blues, greens, yellows and purples with magical Indigo as your base. We've travelled the world to learn these techniques! You will use prepared natural organic indigo vats and learn more advanced shibori techniques.  These include pole wrapping, clamping, resist and stitch techniques. You will learn the best methods of over-dyeing to create a new colour palate.  Suitable for those with basic Indigo dye and shibori knowledge. 

Mini Workshop Program 

Our Mini Workshops have been designed for people who would like to spend a few hours learning a new textile technique or simply reacquainting themselves with a textile technique. It's time to relax, learn and enjoy in the company of other textile lovers. 

Our Mini Workshops are held at the Mina Artisans Store in South Fremantle.  9.30am to 12.30pm

All materials and equipment are provided Tea, coffee, cake and laughter included. Investment:$70.00

If you have some fabric you would like to use you are welcome to bring them along too.

Part proceeds toward building colour garden Silk Studio Cambodia. 

Wednesday March 15th 2017

Stitching for Art's Sake.

MINI WORKSHOP

Trudi Pollard

This workshop with Trudi is designed to embrace contemporary stitching in a whole new way.  The focus is on telling a story through stitch. You will have a choice of naturally dyed and other fabrics from our fabric stash or bring your own. No need for any experience with stitching. Total beginners welcome. Slow, thoughtful, creative hand stitching is the aim of this intriguing workshop.  
We had a fabulous Day:)

Wednesday April 5th 

Nuno Collage and Textures

MINI WORKSHOP 

Pauline Franklyn - Visiting Artisan 

Combine printed and textured fabrics from Pauline's stash of silk, velvet and cotton fabrics with Australian merino wool to make your own piece of nuno collage. Learn to lay down wool, design your piece taking into account shrinkage and fabric differences and how to felt well to ensure strength and longevity. This piece can be framed or made into a beautiful textured pincushion.  If you have some fabric you would like to use you are welcome to bring them along too. A really enjoyable workshop!   

We had a fabulous Day:)   

Wednesday May 24th 2017

Darn It! from Socks to Art.

Trudi Pollard

This workshop shows you how to mend creatively. Love those old socks and jumpers? Don't throw them out!...instead repair them creatively with your personal stitch. Learn how to bring your clothes to life again and keep them beautiful for ever more. We love to encourage people to mend, re-purpose, up-cycle and reinvent their textile pieces. It's also good for the planet to revive these once common place everyday textile techniques.
Thank you for contacting us. We will email you our Workshop Program early February 2017.
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