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Indigo tenugui with Heather Thomas

Sat March 2nd @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEDT


Join Heather Thomas, Dye Lab Assistant at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, for a day of demonstration and discussion on Japanese heritage indigo. Try your hand at indigo shibori, dyeing a sarashi to create a tenugui. Explore the exhibition while it dries in the courtyard sun. 

For over 20 years, Heather Thomas’ practice as a dyer, designer and maker of textiles has embedded research into production histories and the cultural breath of natural dyes. Heather holds a Diploma of Arts (Studio Textiles and Design) from RMIT University (2011) and a Degree in the Arts (Language and Culture Studies) from Deakin University (1999). Heather is a Churchill Fellow (2019) and, in 2023, traveled to Japan and America to investigate established botanical dye studios and how such models might translate locally. 

Please note, to participate in this activity, sarashis (undyed tenugui) need to be purchased at Walsh Street. Sarashi will be available at a cost of $5 each. 

This activity is part of the When Robin Boyd Went to Japan exhibition public program taking place at Walsh Street from 18 February – 10 March 2024. Find out more.  

Exhibition admission is included in your ticket.

This activity is generously supported by the Australian Tapestry Workshop

Tickets: SOLD OUT!

Curated by Marika Neustupny and Nigel Bertram, When Robin Boyd Went to Japan is a collaboration between the Robin Boyd Foundation, NMBW Architecture Studio and CIBI.

Thank you to our program partners NMBW Architecture Studio, CIBI, MPavilion, MADA, Monash University, Australian Tapestry Workshop, RMIT Design Archives, State Library of Victoria, Mainroad Marketing, Konpira Maru Wines, Four Pillars Gin and Molly Rose Brewing.

Before your visit, please note:
– Attendees must be 16 years and over.
– No external food or drink is permitted.
– Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
– Stiletto or pointed heels are not permitted due to our cork flooring.
– Tickets are refundable up to 72 hours prior to the event.
– Tickets may be exchanged as long as the purchaser advises us of the new attendee’s name via email.

We offer discounted tickets to RBF Friends and Boyd Circle members – support the Foundation and join today.

Image: Diorama of indigo dyers in the Indigo History Museum, Tokushima, Japan. Photo: Heather Thomas. 


Sat March 2nd
10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEDT


Walsh Street House
290 Walsh Street
South Yarra, Vic 3141 Australia


Robin Boyd Foundation


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