Series of online workshops "Krzyżowa invites to creativity". Part 3: Dyes - where do colours come from and why is it important to know that?

Liubov Shynder and Agnieszka Duduś, YIMC Krzyżowa

We invite you to watch the second part of our online workshop series "Krzyżowa invites to creativity", which presents the International Youth Meeting Place's approach to art education.

Step by step, in the form of films, we present four different artistic methods which combine elements of upcycling and thus show how to create art in harmony with care for the environment.

We write more about the purpose of our project here:

This time we will look at colours and natural ways of dyeing..

Part 3:  Dyes - where do colours come from and why is it important to know that?

What is different about dyeing with natural dyes from the synthetic dyes we buy in shops is that we have no guarantee what colour we will get at the end of the process. We do not know how the colour will change over time, after ironing, after washing, under the influence of the sun. The artistic work we propose can therefore be an excuse to talk about chemical processes, oxidation, reaction with acid or base, or other chemical reactions that surround us.

It also teaches us to be patient, to be open to the unpredictable. If we use a certain plant to dye for the first time, we can't be sure if the red petals will give a red colour, or if the blue fruit will actually dye our material blue. We can also observe whether all the colours of all the plants react equally to the heat of the iron, or whether they change similarly when reacting with vinegar or salt.

In addition, the technique presented in the video allows us to give a second life to clothes that we may have become bored with, that we no longer want to wear and would probably end up in the second-hand clothes bin, and thanks to our own creativity we can gain an old-new item that can be enjoyed again.

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