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Eco-Printing and Indigo Dyeing

Discover the magical processes of Indigo Shibori, creating patterns and colours using botanical material and eco techniques. Join a creative weekend workshop with talented textile artist Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw.

Elisabeth will take you through the process of setting up an indigo vat from scratch, and you will learn the art of Shibori folding and clamping to create unique crisp prints on a variety of cloth. Our workshops are suitable for beginners as well as for the more advanced participants and no matter your level, Elizabeth will guide your creativity throughout the course. By the end you’ll come away with a beautiful, hand-stitched diary.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2021

Our eco-printing holidays run for 2-nights from Friday to Sunday and start from £399 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

September 3rd to 5th 2021
October 15th to 17th 2021

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family who doesn’t want to do one of our courses, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests can enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them on at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Saturday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the weekend, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Tuition runs from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy a mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea and coffee break with home baking so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Rooms need to be vacated by 10am. Spend the rest of the day indulging in your art, craft or activity and enjoying tea, coffee and home baking mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Depart at 4pm.

What’s Included

  • 2 days of specialist tuition from Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • En-suite accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

All course materials and equipment are included.

We recommend wearing old clothing that you don’t mind getting stained and dirty throughout the course since spills can occur during the dying process. Guests may also wish to bring an old cloth or waterproof apron.

Tutor – Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw
Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw is a French born, Glasgow based artist with 30 years’ experience in working with painted heritage. Trained in the Decorative Arts by Christie’s, she specialised in the recreation of heritage-stencilled decorative schemes and has done much work over the years on the recreation of Charles Rennie Mackintosh schemes.

Elisabeth was recently commissioned to work on the recreation of The Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow. Her deep interest in eco dyeing, eco printing and indigo shibori has developed over the past 10 years through work, research and frequent travels to the Far East .

She exhibits her work with local galleries and lectures on heritage recreation. In her approach Elisabeth aims to give her students a deep understanding of the creative process and how it can be both simplified and localised.

She is deeply passionate about carbon foot print and recycling and her approach can be likened to that of ‘cooking a meal from scratch’. During her workshops you will learn a strong technique which you will be able to apply in your own creative work, but you will also create a beautiful and unique object to take home leaving you a lasting impression of your weekend in Gartmore.

Elisabeth’s workshops are for beginners as well as for the more advance participants, she will guide your creativity no matter what your level is.

Elisabeth lives in the West End of Glasgow with her husband, where she runs her creative studio The Lansdowne House of Stencils.

Find out more about Elisabeth on her website and via Instagram @bettysbeautifullife

Reviews from previous eco-printing guests:

  • ‘Our Eco printing tutor Elisabeth was great. I learned a lot. Staff at Gartmore House also great’. – Anne, Eco Printing Holiday
  • ‘Would recommend and hope to return’ – Guest, Eco-Printing Holiday
  • ‘Really enjoyed the Indigo Dyeing course – excellent tutor, very helpful staff and I loved the House’. – Helen, Indigo Dyeing Holiday
  • ‘Fantastic service from every member of staff – always smiling!’ – Guest, Indigo Dyeing Holiday

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