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Julie Ryder

Ballarat Autumn 6th – 12th APRIL 2021


Julie Ryder is a textile designer and artist who has gained international recognition for her work. Originally training in science, Julie re-trained as a textile designer in 1989, and completed a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) with Distinction at the ANU in 2004. She has a strong interest in natural dyeing, hand-printing and sustainable practices. She has taught in tertiary institutions and community organizations for over 23 years, exhibiting her work regularly both nationally and internationally. Julie has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants, art residencies and commissions, and her work is represented in major public and private collections.


If you have always wanted dye with an organic indigo vat instead of synthetic indigo/ chemical vat, then this is the workshop for you. The organic indigo vat contains no harmful chemicals and is safe to use at home or with children. In this workshop we will explore different types of organic indigo vats and how to maintain them for optimum results.

We will explore the many aspects of shibori in order to resist-dye with indigo – clamping (itajime), stitching (nui), pole-wrapping (arashi) and many other methods. The stunning indigo blue that is produced will magically develop before your eyes. We will also discover the magic of indigo resist paste printing and dyeing in the same vat, to produce stunning blue and white prints.

Because of space and vat imitations we will experiment with smaller samples so that you have the knowledge and confidence to pursue larger projects on your own and we will concentrate on a project of your choice towards the end of the week.

No experience necessary.

What you will learn in this workshop

How to set up and maintain and organic indigo vat and learn the differences between chemical, mineral and organic vats.

How to prepare different types of experimental vats

Fibre preparation and care for the indigo vat