Botanical Dye and Abstract Quilt Making with Ciara Callaghan

Ten week Creative Course

Photograph by Ciara Callaghan

6.30–9 pm

19, 26 January 2022
02, 09,16 February 2022
02, 09,16, 23, 30 March 2022

Half Term: 21–27 February 2022 (no teaching)


Gift vouchers available

We are booking up to 8 people on this course, however this is subject to change based on government guidelines concerning COVID-19.

We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have been working throughout lockdown in reconfiguring our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
Suitable for any level of experience.

What will be covered in the class?
This course marries together two heritage crafts; natural dyeing and quilt making.

Both crafts enable us to slow down, connect with nature and the making process. The resulting quilt will be a beautiful, handmade piece that can be passed down through generations as quilts have been for hundreds of years.

This ten-week course begins with an exploration into natureal dye sources available during the Winter. We will then explore abstract patching techniques inspired by flat press fabric techniques and Japanese boro as we learn hand quilting, binding and finishing techniques.

What will students leave the class with?
Each student will leave with a completely unique piece of functional textile art, coloured by nature and made with patience, time and skill as well as the knowledge to continue their design and quilting journey.’
What will I need to bring?
Materials are included. Students are encouraged to bring their own sewing machines in on weeks 5 & 6 as we have limited numbers (please get in touch if this is not possible so we can organize ones to be available on site) and are also welcome to bring any textiles of sentimental value they may want to include in their quilt.

Art Studio, the art studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.

Ciara Callaghan is a natural colour and textile artist based. Her work is an exploration into being present and finding calm in the making process as well as functional textiles as fine art objects and the history of a piece of textile art from dyeing and making through to the relationship of owning. Ciara creates a learning environment where you can slow down and leave busy life behind you as you learn new skills and enter the flow state of making.

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance refunds will be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.

In acknowledgement of these exceptional times, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has amended its refund policy on a temporary basis. Students are now entitled for refunds in the following circumstances:

  1. If you are unable to attend a class as you are showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  2. If you are unable to attend a class as someone you live with is showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  3. If Milton Keynes Arts Centre cancels or postpones classes.

Refunds shall be made on the basis of every class students have missed.

In all other instances outside of these circumstances, bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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