Living Colour Family Activity Day – natural dyes and more October 25 | 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

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dyedryExplore the world of colour all around us. Why and how do plants and animals use it to their advantage? How can we use it to make our world more interesting?   Textile artist Lara Hailey will talk about the past, present and future of textiles and dyes – see the plants on which we rely for our clothes, and help you make your own beautiful and unique dyed creations and plant your own colourful garden to take home.

Via a tour and some practical demonstrations we will answer these questions.
Play with the phenomenon of chromatography and create some beautifully colourful natural art to take away.

Lara Hailey is a London-based mixed-media artist who explores universal themes of love, loss, identity, and memory. She is inspired by relationships, experiences and particular places or events. Her working method is diverse including stitched textile, mixed media resin, installation, sculpture, prints and video. The use of text also plays an important role in her work.
Between 2003-5 she worked closely with our Education Department to provide site specific textile art workshops for school children as part of our ‘Sloane’s Waistcoat’ project marking the 250th anniversary of Sir Hans Sloane’s death and his links with cotton. See for more about Lara.

Art with cabbage juice, acid and alkali

£13 Ticket price includes garden entry. Children must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult throughout the day.
Suitable for Ages 6-16

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October 25
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road
London, SW34HS United Kingdom
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