December 19, 2023

Students from Lifeworks College get colourful


PIGMENT Organic Dyes

Students from Lifeworks College recently attended a workshop run by PIGMENT organic dyes. Pigment is a social enterprise supporting adults with learning disabilities into meaningful training and work.

The first group of students learnt how to bundle dye. First collecting flowerheads from the field. They then used a mixture of fresh and dried flowers to dye pieces of cloth. They produced amazing results with a real mixture of colour. Everyone was extremely impressed and next term we are aiming to turn the fabric into cushions.

Chinese dyeing

The next week the students learnt a Chinese dyeing technique called Shibori. They each made a choice of shape and colour. Then followed Sophies instructions on how to fold their materials. After half an hour in the saucepan there was great excitement when the material was rolled out and students could see the shapes they had chosen now on the material.

Makes this all so worthwhile

PIGMENT organic dyes social enterprise was set up by Sophie Holt. Posting on Instagram Sophie said, “We’ve been running some pilot social impact sessions over the last month and have been super impressed with the beautiful pieces of work the Lifeworks Students came up with. Thank you for your support! We so look forward to working together again soon. Looking over the feedback is a lovely way to wind-down the working year. Comments like “you can’t just take a picture, it’s just so beautiful” and “I feel like I could be happy here” makes this all so worthwhile.”

Thank You from Lifeworks

Thank you so much to PIGMENT and especially Sophie for giving our students this wonderful opportunity. Everyone enjoyed learning new skills and were extremely impressed with their results.

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