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Converse, learn and make with an expert creative in our curated workshops. The Gathering workshop area is the place to come to nurture and develop your creative skills. Workshops include an introduction to nature writing, hand dyed yarns using foraged plants from Wid Ken Hill and more workshops TBA.

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Workshops at Gathering

 

 

 

Creative writing in Nature with Nicola Chester

What is nature writing, now? What does it mean to you & what ‘should’ it be? 

We’ll explore the powerful ways it can connect and move us (emotionally, & to action) & how it can ground us in time and place – as well as set us free. We’ll aim to have a gentle walking ‘inquiry’, study a few pieces of writing, do some writing exercises & a longer piece. We’ll also have time for reflection & discussion.

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The Hidden colours of Wild Ken Hill – natural dye workshop with Jenn Monahan

Come and explore the colours hidden in the plants of Wild Ken Hill.

In this afternoon workshop you will learn how to creatively capture the botanical colours hidden in our abundant native plants and trees.Working with wool, our native sustainable fibre, plants and our environment to bring that connection with ourselves, each other and the natural world.

Jenn will lead you through the process of making plant dyes including fibre preparation, extracting colour from flowers, barks and leaves and the alchemy of modifying to create your very own range of Norfolk yarn samples for you to take away. Includes all materials and takeaway notes.

Jen Monahan (fibreworkshop) is a natural dyer, knitter and producer of Norfolk Horn yarn. Based in Norfolk, Jenn has a background in climate change and prior to that fashion.

Her practice is founded on using processes and systems that are high welfare, organic, non-toxic, and respectful of people and place. 

Working with wool from Norfolk Horn, Norfolk’s indigenous rare breed sheep, Jenn plant dyes to produce a yarn from an otherwise unvalued material. Jenn uses traditional plants that she grows on her smallholding, including woad for its indigo, and from foraged abundant native plants.

And when she isn’t doing that, Jenn knits vintage costume for the big and small screen, credits include The Darkest Hour, Little Women, 1917, BBC’s Small Axe, Pursuit of Love and Life after Life.

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Key information

These workshops can be booked as an add-on to your General Admission ticket on Eventbrite – you cannot attend a workshop without a General Admission ticket. We will contact you prior to Gathering with guidance on the location of the workshop area at Gathering.

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