I’m afraid I am not planning any workshops for 2016 as we are looking to move somewhere with more space to work. I felt, due to the uncertain nature of the move, it would be unfair to plan and then have to move or cancel any workshops. 

I usually offer about six places on each workshop so that we all have the space and time to make the most of the course. All of the workshops are suitable for beginners and more advanced students. 

 If you are interested in coming on a course in the future or would like more information please contact me using the form at the bottom of the page and I will put you on my mailing list.

Thank you

 Botanical Alchemy

 This 3 day intensive and experimental workshop will explore various methods to colour and mark paper, stitch and cloth using locally sourced plant material and found objects.

Enjoy foraging walks in the beautiful woodland and countryside around my home. Using what we find as well as plants from my garden we will explore various folding, stitching and bundling techniques to mark and colour different materials. We will also look at how easily sourced household substances can enhance our work.

At the end of the workshop you will produce various folded books as well as a textile piece to hold your findings.

If students would like to bring personal scraps of paper,fabric, felt, embroidery thread and wool to experiment with and add to the samples I will provide, please do. Make sure, however, they have no synthetic component including colour.

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Mud, indigo and iron, Indian mud resist printing


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Make wonderful designs using carved blocks and found objects and explore pattern and mark making using dabu mud resist. Learn how to make an indigo vat and experiment with other plant and mineral dyes

Day 1. You will begin by learning the basic block printing techniques and producing several pieces for the dye pots. While your pieces are drying we will then learn how to make an indigo vat.

Day 2  We will then experiment with layers of printing and dyeing to produce wonderful and surprising effects.

Day 2&3 You can continue to experiment and explore the many and varied possibilities of dabu and the dyes or choose to concentrate on one piece.

Detailed recipes and worksheets will be provided.

Singing the Blues


Using cloth, stitch and found objects explore resist mark making and dyeing with indigo. This is a good introduction to some of the basic techniques including stitch resist, pole wrapping and itajime clamping techniques. You will also learn how to make and maintain different types of indigo vat.

As it corresponds with the first harvest of my Persicaria tinctoria or Japanese indigo we will harvest the plants and dye silk with the fresh leaves. We will also make a conventional vat with the Persicaria leaves and dye both wool and silk to produce different blues.

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Cancellation Policy I run small workshops of only six to eight people which means everybody gets a really good experience and plenty of tuition. It does mean, however, if I get late cancellations and I cannot achieve a viable number for the workshop, it does make a big difference.

If you have to cancel If you find you have to cancel a booking please let me know as soon as possible – I will endeavour to fill your space. I will refund you or you will be able to rebook onto a future available workshop date. If cancellation is within 4 weeks of your workshop and I cannot fill the place from a waiting list I will, unfortunately, not be able to offer you a refund. If I have to cancel It is very unlikely that I would cancel a class/workshop though if I have to for any reason I will let you know as soon as I can and will offer a full refund or a transfer to another class. If I do have to cancel a workshop I ‘m afraid I cannot accept liability for any other costs incurred by the student other than the workshop fee.


4 thoughts on “Workshops

  1. Anjali bhalla

    Dear Alex, I have just come upon your lovely work and website. I would love to join a course with you doing indigo, my favourite dye! Do you have any upcoming workshops for the rest of the year?
    Thank you


    1. alex madden Post author

      Thank you for getting in touch. Im afraid there won’t be any more workshops this year. If you would like me to put you on my mailing list I will let you know as soon as I finalise the dates for 2016.


    1. alex madden Post author

      Hello Sophie,Thank you for getting in touch. Im afraid I won’t be running workshops here this year as we are going to move at some point. I will put you on my mailing list and let you know as soon as I am up and running again.



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