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All Day Eco-Printing & Ecology Workshop


Join us in this full day workshop where we will learn how to Eco-print and dye fabrics and fibres using a variety of local, native and everyday seasonal plants.

You will learn how to prepare and mordant your fibres, the basic techniques of extracting colour from plants, to make beautiful pieces of cloth.

There will be a special focus on the stunning native flora local to the area and how it connects to the greater Central Highlands forests and internationally reknown Mountain Ash ecology. Both the uniqueness and the risks this area faces will be explained to add value and insight into the foraged materials we will use by way of an ancient tradition to make modern pieces of art.

Class Price :
Unwaged/Concession - $100
Waged - $120
Book here -

Day Layout

9am - Meet and greet at the Belgrave Emporium
Please enter the underneath of the building via Blacksmith Way.

We will then prepare our fabric for the day and learn about Mordants - the process that makes the technique colourfast.

10 - 11.30 We will take an enlivening walk through the glorious local area to collect, forage and learn about the wonderous forest and it’s unique ecology, which we will be gathering and creating our pieces from.

11.30 - 12 Tea/Coffee break: We will provide tea and biscuits, please feel free to also check out our wonderful local coffee houses.

12 - 1.30 Bundling our fabric. We will do a group piece of silk and any garment you have brought. Let the boiling commence!

1.30 - 2.30 Lunch. We have a Microwave if you would like to bring your own but we can recommend loads of good food places around!

2-30- 4.00 After lunch it would be fabulous to talk more in depth about the forest and connecting with the landscape. This will include an information session about the Eco-dyeing process and our beautiful Mountain Ash forest with Question and Answer time.

4.00 - 5.00 At the end of the day you will take home your project to dry, settle and unbundle. All will be explained during the course. We may have the chance to unwrap the communal piece and definitely talk about future projects.

What to bring:
At Sinoper Textiles we don't only have a love for natural fibres but a massive emphasis on upcycling and rejuvenating the old into the modern and stylish .
- We would love it if everyone brought one garment with them to transform. Best clothes to bring are a singlet top or long sleeve top / t - shirt; leggings with as much cotton content as possible; wool, silk or linen piece (these could be purchased from the op shop or brought from home). We welcome trying most things, they will just have different results (which is half the fun, but can sometimes be disappointing). Please choose items which are light in colour.
If you have any inquiries before the day, please feel free to email me at
- Natural dyes can stain clothing and footwear, so be sure to wear something dark or old!
- If you have any old nuts and bolts, chains or small pieces of rusty things, or small copper pipes, please bring these along on the day to use in your garment.
- Lunch if you don't want to buy some locally.

Co-facilitated by

Sinoper Textiles :
Lucy Beach is one part of the business Sinoper textiles. She has a background in Textiles design and printing completing a BA in textile design in the uk in the 90’s. She also has a history in Education and Teaching.

Today Lucy has a successful business producing modern items of clothing, in co-operating traditional techniques like eco dyeing, focusing on natural dyes and upcycled clothing to make remastered pieces of art.

She is passionate about all things Textiles and passing on her knowledge and sharing with others.

If you'd like to talk to Lucy before the workshop and for more information : 0413 173 313

Little Red Toolangi Treehouse :
A grassroots community group who instigated the longest tree-sit on the mainland of Australia in 2013 - 2014 in Toolangi State Forest.

The act of raising the Treehouse supported locals in their quest to protect the forest from being made into paper. As we carefully positioned our Treehouse in a non-active coupe, it allowed for a family friendly and highly inclusive space to engage and learn about the one of the most studied and threatened forests in the world.

We have built an ongoing legacy of environmental education and have acted as a beacon for native forest protection since, drawing people from the city to have a genuine forest experience, both educational and inspirational.


Saturday, 14 October 2017 | 09:00AM to 05:00PM


1662 Burwood Highway,  3160

1662 Burwood Highway , Belgrave  3160

All Day Eco-Printing & Ecology Workshop

1662 Burwood Highway , Belgrave  3160