Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Botanical Inks and their textile printing & dyeing Hen activities.
Botanical Inks teach people to forage for local colour-producing plants to use in a variety of dye and print processes.
They use only organic and locally foraged materials throughout the entire plant to print design journey.
The workshops are currently available to attend in Bristol and the South West of England, and are a perfect activity for the Bride wanting an altogether more laidback hen experience.
I had a wee chat to Babs Behan about this blossoming Business…
Who are you, and what do you do?
“I am Babs, and my company is Botanical Inks, which I started the company in December 2014.”
“We teach contemporary traditional craft workshops using locally foraged plant dyes and organic British silk to create beautiful artisan crafts, which are made entirely from nontoxic natural materials.”
“Our workshops include natural dye block printed stationery, “something blue” indigo dyeing, Japanese Shibori tie dye and Bundle Dye lingerie and garments.”
“Our clients include Soho Farmhouse, Babington House, Shoreditch House, Soho Works, SchumacherCollege, Hawkwood College, Selvedge Magazine, Wilderness Festival, Port Eliot Festival, Bristol Textile Quarter and CoExist, amongst others.”
“For Brides to be and their ladies we provide creative interactive workshops where they can learn about natural dyeing with local plant materials and “low-impact” traditional surface application craft techniques.”
“This is wonderful to connect with nature, practice mindfulness and develop artistic eco-literacy.”
What inspires you?
“My inspiration comes from nature, artisan crafts, indie dyers, India Flint, Japanese Shibori traditions, and the slow textiles movement, The Fibershed Project.”
Do trends influence your work?
“I feel naturally aligned with trends in my work, which is not to say that I follow them.. They just seem to occur simultaneously.”
“Rediscovering the way to make natural dyed textiles without using any harsh synthetic and toxic chemicals or heavy metals.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“I see the future as providing a commercial natural dye studio for service dyeing and as an educational platform for re-skilling our industry with plant-based, non-toxic and truly sustainable and clean textile dyeing processes.”
“We dream of giving people access to naturally dyed, unbleached, clean, organically grown and locally sourced & made textiles and garments in the UK.”
“We are a catalyst of change and our mission is in making this desirable, sexy and cool.”
“We want to create positive change and detoxify the British textile and garment Industry supply changes, and divert the future of our people and planet.”
Thanks to Babs for sharing her story.
I love how Botanical Inks brings awareness to the journey of the things we create and bring into our lives.
For the Bride who wants something truly different from conventional hen activities this is a wonderful alternative.
The workshops step away from consumerist culture, towards a slower, more appreciative and respectful way of being on the earth, living with nature and within its means.
Can you tell us what you offer specifically for Brides to be – The Hen Do Craft Workshop?
“Botanical Inks offer beauteous contemporary traditional craft workshops for exceptional hen party experiences in which we use only responsibly sourced natural textiles, dye plants and materials and an exciting variety of printmaking techniques.”
“Choose from a selection of organic silk designer lingerie pieces and natural plant dyes, to create unique handmade items for your wardrobe.”
“A special “Something Blue” organic indigo dyeing workshop allows hens to transform a selection of natural fibre pieces in honor of their bride.”
“Bundle dyeing silk knickers with healing flowers and plants is our most popular workshop, involving a scattering of fresh petals, exotic botanicals and the application of stream and a little time”
To Contact Botanical Inks