This was the lovely Botanical Alchemy workshop we ran through GULP (Growing and Understanding Local Produce) last year, using only plants growing in backyards and on nature strips.
Plants are amazingly diverse and used by humans in so many ways, not forgetting their intrinsic connection to all other beings. Here in the Top End we have an abundance of incredible native plants in our landscape and the ability to grow a huge array of Tropical plants for amenity, aesthetic value, happiness, food or in this case dyes.
We have had a bit of a focus on wild food with GULP with a recent twist on dyeing.
Aly de Groot is a local fibre artist inspired by the NT flora and fauna. She has lived and worked in the Top End with local plants as fibres and dyes for many years, often working with indigenous communities on ghost net projects and recycled arts. Using the inspiration of traditional techniques to create a whole other realm of fibre art.
When Aly offered to facilitate a workshop for GULP using back…
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