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Naturally dyed Textiles

Pollard Designs

Naturally Dyed Textiles - OPEN STUDIO
Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail! Come and see for yourself 7-9 14-16 21-23 September 2018.

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Organic Indigo Workshop at Minnawarra House in October 2018

We had a great day at an Indigo Workshop at Minnawarra House on the weekend.

Minnawarra House is a community centre that has provided wonderful services for 30 years in Armadale. We have been involved with Minnawarra House for 30 years so this was very dear to our hearts.

More information of their courses and activities can be found at www.minnahouse.org.au

OPEN STUDIO TIME AGAIN - Armadale Hills Open Studio Trail. 

Come and see for yourself 7-9 14-16 21-23 September 2018.
10am to 4pm
Click on this link for more info at www.armadalehillsartstrail.com

2 Otway Place Bedfordale 
See some pics below from our 2017 Open Studio weekends.

Teaching at Curtin University Fashion and Design students

Loved our day teaching Fashion and Design students at Curtin University in September 2017. The more people using natural dyes and sustainable fashion the better we like it. It's so satisfying to be working toward achieving our mission of spreading the use of natural dye and sustainable fashion all over this planet.
We're a part of the 2017 
Armadale Hills Open Studio Trail.
Come and see what we do and how we do it!
September 8-10, 15-17, 22-24
Visit our work in Ubud Bali on your next Bali holiday
at Pulu Artisans.
We are mentoring a local Indonesian woman in natural dyeing and sustainable clothing design.
More news soon!
43 Hanuman St, Ubud, Bali.
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We specialise on sustainable clothing, natural fabrics,
natural dyes and classic sustainable designs.

Trudi announced as Festival Artist for Armadale Arts Festival 2016

Bedfordale artist Trudi Pollard has been named as the first Festival Artist for the inaugural 2016 Armadale Arts Festival (AAF) hosted by the City of Armadale.

Trudi was named Festival Artist during the official AAF program launch today, her selection recognises her long-term commitment to artistic inspiration and well-being of the Armadale community.Considered a textile art pioneer and foremost expert on Western Australian natural dyes, Trudi has been working, studying, lecturing and teaching in the areas of textile arts and ceramics for more than 40 years.

She exhibits locally, nationally and internationally, has won many awards and her work is held in both public and private collections world-wide.Her work has a strong focus on colour, locally derived from the earth?s minerals and plants and using designs and techniques that reflect both primitive and contemporary art.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said Trudi?s commitment to artistic inspiration and her dedication as a community arts facilitator made her an obvious choice to be named the inaugural Festival Artist.?Having lived in Bedfordale for more than 30 years, Trudi is a passionate cultural leader who empowers our own and other communities to be strong and creative,? he said.?She is the ideal role model as we embark on one of Armadale?s most exciting art projects to date, the Armadale Arts Festival.?

The inaugural Armadale Arts Festival opens on 1 April, and will run over 17 days, with 30 events showcasing a wide range of high quality talent coming from this region. For more details or for an event program, visit www.armadale.wa.gov.au

So Unexpected Fashion Showcase 

The National Colour Society Conference came...to our studio...

Find details at the following link -  http://www.coloursociety.org.au/events/national-conference.aspx


Journey Of Colour Through The Western Australian Landscape.

With Trudi Pollard’s guidance participants explored the wonder of the
natural colour from the Western Australian Bush at her studio, built of

recycled stone, and her colour garden in the beautiful bushland setting

of Bedfordale, overlooking the waters of the Wungong Dam. Trudi has

documented more than 280 colours from the Australian Bush and you

will see how the colour of magic happens. Participants learned how to dye

natural fabrics with a variety of Australian natural dyes and explore the

wonderful dye colours that nature provides. Using 100% natural plant

materials they learned the basics of effective, sustainable, natural dye

practice from a Master Dyer.



Minnawarra Art Award 2014 - Highly Commended

Trudi was awarded a Highly Commended award at the Minnawarra Art Award 2014 this evening. Congratulations and well done!!!


 Montage 2                               

Solo Exhibition by Trudi Pollard

Textile Art Exhibition at Genesis in the Hills,

124 Croyden Road Roleystone.  Exhibition closes Dec 15th.


Genesis vegetarian restaurant is open between:

Friday 10.30 - 5.00pm

Saturday 8.30 - 5.00pm

Sunday 8.30 - 5.00pm

We would like to thank Genesis in the Hills for their valued support of local artists and we're sure you will love their amazing restaurant venue! You can have a cuppa and fabulous cake. Maybe breakfast or lunch at Genesis takes your fancy.

Please feel free to forward this information to people you know who may be interested in seeing the exhibition and bring a friend or two J.



artist market

contemporary / quality / handmade


Saturday & Sunday 

 30th Nov & 1 Dec


(Saturday 7th & 8th December  / 14 & 15th December)



at Genesis in the Hills Restaurant

124 Croyden Road Roleystone


Have a cuppa and do some creative

shopping in a beautiful location


beading, gifts, cards,  jewellery,   natural dyes, scarves, paintings, bush basketry, wearable art, linen, silk,  wool, trinkets, hand bags, felt,  knitting, drawings, crochet, patchwork, plants, quilting, art demonstrations, mini-workshops & much, much  more.....


Have a look at the great day we had with WAFTA members at the studio on the WAFTA web site link below...


The Big Red Day!

Well, the start to our Winter Workshop series was a roaring success!  We had a wonderful day exploring 4 different types of natural red dyes and all of them were spectacular in their own right.

 Madder, Cochineal, Lac and Chilli Bush...what a combination!

A big thank you to Anne Williams who brough her beautiful Cochineal examples along for us all to see.

We went around the world with 'Red' on Saturday and explored...

  • Madder that Trudi sourced from Belgium on her last trip to Europe...
  • Cochineal from La Rochelle that we found when we went to the last International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dyes in the South of France
  • Lac from Cambodia that we discovered when we started the natural dye project with VAMP Vocational Arts Mentoring Program in Cambodia
  • and back home again with the Chilli Bush (Heamodorum Spicatum) found in our very own WA...

Here are some photos of the fun we had along with the amazing colours...


We'll be at the Subi Farmers Twilight Markets Dec 23rd 2011              4pm to 8pm

Trudi was awarded Life Member by the Western Australian Fibres and Textiles Association (WAFTA)

Trudi had the great honour of being awarded "Life Member" at the WAFTA Annual General Meeting on 20 September 2011. Congratulations - we are vey proud.

Trudi also gave a talk at the AGM about her trip earlier this year to the International Symposium an Exhibition on Natural Dyes (ISEND 2011) in La Rochelle, France and her trip to Cambodia to start the natural dye poject with the Vocational Arts Mentoring Program.

Have a look at the video about Cambodia - it's fantastic!






Conservation Council of Western Australia Workshop at Bedfordale Studio



Loads of learning and sharing was enjoyed at the Conservation Council of WA workshop last weekend.  Thanks to Susie Waller (Coordination and Curation for CCWA)  for her wonderful help in putting a great weekend together.

Please check out the Environmental Art Awards 2011 being run by the Conservation Council.   Entry Forms are due by September 23rd 2011.

It's so good to see this intiative happening in Western Australia. 

Create and enter if you can!  We are!


Trudi and Helena attended the International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dye in a La Rochelle, France in April 2011. 

ISEND 2011 provided a genuine platform for discussing the crucial issues facing the cultural and economic revival of natural dyes and colorants.  It featured lectures, posters, films, dyeing demonstrations, a market of natural dyes and pigments and products using them.

Pollard Designs made a workshop presentation using natural dyes and presented a poster.Helena also presented a poster about Cambodia and the Vocational Arts Mentoring Program in Cambodia http://www.vampc.com/


Patricia Black The Poet of Cloth Workshop

Patricia Black, The Poet of Cloth,  was at Pollard Designs Studio in Bedfordale giving a wonderful 3 day workshop.  Everyone had a fantastic time learning and producing.  Patricia was very informative and a good teacher.  We enjoyed a talk on the last day which was much appreciated which was attended by some WAFTA Committee Members and other Textile Lovers adding up to about 35 Textilians.  We then had a lovely supper and lots of laughs. 



Helena's latest trip to Cambodia








This girl is tying off threads to prepare for dyeing and then using in ikat weaving patterns of traditional Khmer patterns.