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In this workshop, you will learn to eco-print using local plant materials and an iron-based mordant. This method creates clear, dark leaf prints, and is suitable for cellulose fabric – perfect for upcycling clothing or creating original fabric!

We will also have a go at eco-printing on paper to create unique and natural artworks.

Please bring along an item of clothing or some fabric to dye. Choose white or light coloured natural fibres - wool, silk, cotton, linen etc. Used clothing is great - have a look in local op shops or the back of your wardrobe. If you do choose to bring new fabric or clothing, please wash thoroughly in hot water beforehand. Also feel free to bring along any plant material you may want to use.

A few things that work well are:
Eucalyptus leaves
Rose leaves and petals
Blackberry/raspberry/strawberry leaves
Deciduous tree leaves, e.g. oak, maple, sycamore.
Onion skins
Some bright coloured flowers, e.g. marigolds, dahlias. 
Some fruit tree leaves e.g. feijoa & pear.

 About Simone Bensdorp:

Simone Bensdorp is a textile artist based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She creates playful and practical works with felted wool, eco-printing, plant dyes and inks. Her work is grounded by a philosophy of resourcefulness, using local, repurposed and sustainable materials. Simone is an experienced facilitator with a contagious enthusiasm for creativity and a wealth of knowledge about nature-inspired craft practices.


  • 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • 2pm - 5pm


  • $60


  • Sat 14 Jan


  • Dart House
  • 11/12 Hawthorne Drive
  • Frankton, Queenstown 9300