My Eco Studio boxes are now SOLD OUT !

MANY THANKS TO ALL THAT SUPPORTED MY BUSINESS AGAIN THIS AUTUMN… MY LAST WORKSHOP WAS RAN LAST SATURDAY AND I WILL BE POSTING OUT THOSE BOXES AND INK PURCHASED THIS WEEK BEFORE TAKING A BREAK.

ARTIST LIFE CAN BE VERY BUSY AND IT IS TIME FOR ME TO RECHARGE MY BATTERIES… I AM SORRY IF YOU DID NOT GET HERE ON TIME I WILL FOR SURE HAVE MORE OF THOSE IN THE FUTURE.

Samples are just such a necessary evil of Artist life, more you test and better your art becomes. I am obsessed with perfect results… and gradually my stash of samples becomes bigger with every month going past. I only use beautiful material, chiffon silk, hand woven cotton, rami, hemp… and natural dyes some which I grow on “The Indigo plot” my natural dye garden in Glasgow. All samples are well washed and finished and ready to be used.

They are a perfect present for a textile lover or a collage addict. Selling my studio boxes allows me to make sure the lovely material I use for teaching is not wasted. I will donate the proceed to “The Indigo Plot” upkeep costs.

So every year lovingly I offer a selection of my samples to stitchers, quilters and mixed media maker… In studio boxes I pass them on to lovely people.. who will make lovely things with them.

I have 20 studio boxes available this autumn. They are available for ordering until the 26th of November, despatch 27th November.

SOLD OUT BOXES UK. DO NOT ORDER THERE IS NO STOCK TO DESPATCH

A box of wonderful hand made samples using natural dyes and botanical prints on organic and sustainable fabrics and paper. 9 pieces in each box (6 textile, 3 paper), each being a unique sample of a technique I teach. send in a recycled craft box with lovely packaging. Perfect for a stitcher, quilter, collage maker or just textile lover.

£25.00

SOLD OUT BOXES OVERSEAS – DO NOT ORDER THERE IS NO STOCK TO DESPATCH

A box of wonderful hand made samples using natural dyes and botanical prints on organic and sustainable fabrics and paper. 9 pieces in each box (6 textile, 3 paper), each being a unique sample of a technique I teach. send in a recycled craft box with lovely packaging. Perfect for a stitcher, quilter, collage maker or just textile lover.

£35.00

IN EACH STUDIO BOX YOU WILL FIND….

Each box is unique and full of wonderful samples of natural fabrics so you will receive a pack similar to the one below, in each you will find:

  • 6 pieces of Eco textile (various sizes approx 15 x 20 cm) , I personally dyed or printed them. Indigo dyed with the Indigo I grew in my dye garden this summer, Eco-printed using local leaves and in some case Cotinus leaves. I use chiffon silk, natural linen, hemp, recycled linen, organic cotton, silk velvet. I dye them with natural dyes and use home made tannins as a background to my eco prints.
  • 3 pieces of Eco-printed art paper (size approx 15 cm x 30 cm) using the methods I teach in my online and in person classes. They are Fabriano print making paper steamed or simmered with backgrounds of Sapan wood, Logwood, cochineal or tannins and local leaves.
  • There will be at least one “The true colour of the Cotinus” piece in each box.
  • One piece Indigo dyed with pigment grown on “The Indigo Plot” in Glasgow.

They will be wonder pieces to use in small projects on collages.

Each kit will be hand packed and sent between 27th and 29th of November. They will be posted first class in the UK or tracked for overseas.

Order by using the link above and if you have any personal requirement please be in touch by email bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

I will not be able to over more than 20 boxes this year.

Much love.

Betty xx

The French Retreat 2023 – A week of Botanical Printing on Paper and Woad dyeing in Rural South West France

There nothing like spending a period immersed in a creative technique with like minded people to learn a lot while relaxing and making great connections. I had some plans to curate creative retreats back in 2019 and then Covid kicked in and those never happened… but this year I have decided I want to wait no more and I will offer just a handful of physical workshops in lovely places in the summer 2023.

My definition of a lovely place is … a beautiful and welcoming place where all feel comfortable, good food (that does not mean sophisticated food) is offered and weather is a treat. It is easy enough to find and there are no distractions to what we aim to achieve there… It is not an expensive hotel with swimming pool and a sophisticated chef, it does not include the concept of going on a tour while there. And it is definitively affordable so to be as inclusive as possible.

My first choice for 2023 is a destination in the South of France near Toulouse… Woad (Pastel) country. An old farmhouse where we will be hosted by the owner and his wife a felter. It is a family house, and we will be in shared rooms but the food is fresh and glorious, the studio in the middle of a garden and there is a Sunday market where you can walk to to buy the local Honey.

Would you like to join me for 6 days Botanical printing on paper and Woad dyeing in South West France in July 2023.

I have set up one workshop from 6th to 11th of July in The South West of France near Toulouse… My retreat will be 5 days Botanical Printing on paper, Extracting dyes and creating Inks and printing pastes but also Woad dyeing with the Unique Denise Lambert. Our small group will find refuge in an old French Farmhouse not far from Toulouse where a well appointed studio and dye garden will be our base.

From foraged dyes to more exotic ones we will be using local resources to create beautiful Botanical prints, marks and dyes onto gorgeous Italian paper. Those will be taken home in the state while others will be transformed in small folded books. An amazing and so personal result for a whole week of creativity.

Our host will cook for us and as a true French party we will gather around the table for lunches and dinner to discover the local products…. Our breakfasts will be taken around a cup of fragrant coffee before we make our way across the garden to the outdoor studio.

It would not have been perfect before the Sunday market and this one is quite special… from local soap and honey to hand made ice-cream… We will walk back to the farm with our wonderful local produces as much to do is still to be done in the garden that Sunday afternoon. The classes will be given in English.

If you would like to know more about this adventure… discuss taking part please be in touch with me bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com I will email you details… and costs.

We only have 10 spaces…. and 6 are now booked up so don’t delay…

I hope to see you there…

Love Betty xx