Plants, Dyes and Fibres
STILL garments is mostly one woman, me, Elke, wearing many hats as a natural dyer, passionate gardener, teacher and lecturer, and many more behind the scene.
I love working with my hands, and collaborate with plants growing locally. My love for textiles made me enrol in fashion design at Berlin's art university Kunsthochschule Weißensee. That's were I first started very intuitively to explore dyeing textiles with plants, around 2010. A craft, science, art that combined my biggest interests. I just never stopped botanical dyeing!
Getting to know plants, and living with nature's seasons and cycles even in a city like Berlin are my main motivations. I mostly dye with plants that grow close to me – foraged from my surroundings, or cultivated in my alotment garden.
In my studio I dye fabrics, garments, fine yarns or chunky rug wool, for my own makes and for collaborations: I have worked with small labels, Tisca Rugs and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI).
In 2016 I started teaching plant dyeing in workshops for groups and one-on-one settings. I have offered various workshops, in my studio, for teachers, or for students of my alma mater Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee and Akademie Mode & Design in Berlin. And in 2020 I started teaching online live classes, too. Workshops zum Färben – für Gruppen, Teams und Einzelpersonen, und auch an Hochschulen wie der Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee und der Akademie Mode & Design AMD. Und dazu bin ich seit 2020 in der Ausbildung zur Pflanzenpädagogin, und bin gespannt, wohin mich die Pflanzen noch führen!
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Would you like to book a customized workshop, in person or online? Want to collaborate on a project? I love to dye small editions, yarns, textiles as well as garments. Send me a mail, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Dyeing with plants requires a bit of patience and time – which can create a space for quiet and contemplation. I love to share this space in my workshops. Both online and in my studio, I want to allow for conversations around plants and craft and am very grateful for all the perspectives workshop participants have shared.
If you'd like to read more about my work and my background, find two articles at BTTR Stories .