Interactive program for wild-flower and herbs creations

February 1, 2020, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, 86-90 Faneromeni Street, Nicosia

The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation organises an exciting interactive workshop on the rare wild flowers and plants of Cyprus, as well as on the art of textile weaving. The workshop will take place on Saturday, 01 February 2020, 10:00-11:30 for children 10-11 years old and 12:00-13:30 for children aged 12-13.

Children will learn about Elektra Megaw who crisscrossed Cyprus, with a team of archaeologists led by her husband Peter, in a quest to document the island's wild flowers and rare plants, and her work. They will experiment with the forms she designed, and learn about herb collection, natural colouring and weaving techniques. Children will first learn about textile weaving and batch dyeing using natural colours. Then they will study the basics of botany and will hear about Elektra Megaw's work in a lecture and a demonstration, later putting this knowledge into use on a fabric of their own. Batch dyeing is fun, easy and sustainable. It familiarizes children with the processes of engraving and textile weaving, launching them onto a journey of making things out of materials that are readily available in the kitchen or garden. Much of the foodstuff that we throw away can be used to extract colours, like onion or avocado skins, beets, cabbage and orange peels. Utilizing batch dyeing and tie-dyeing techniques, the workshop will experiment with the unique qualities of individual plants to yield distinctive colours depending on the soil, weather conditions and time of harvest. By trying out natural colouring techniques children are initiated into the magical world of nature and a sustainable process of creating abundant artifacts. Each student will be given a 30x3cm piece of fabric which s/he can use to fashion a napkin or handkerchief, or alternatively can choose to make two eco-friendly gift cards using raw ink. Children will have all the necessary materials and gear at their disposal. If they want, they can also bring their own gloves or aprons, a notepad or a camera. They may also bring extra flowers and leaves to test their hand at dyeing.

  • Date:              Saturday, 01 February 2020
  • Time:             10:00-11:30 (10-11 year olds) & 12:00-13:30 (12-13 year olds)
  • Location:      Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, 86-90 Faneromeni Street, Nicosia
  • Entrance is free.
  • Seats are limited – RSVP at 22 128175.

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