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Workshop: Indigo, the deepest of blues – an introduction to indigo dyeing with Lucille Junkere

Sunday 14th May 2023 , 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Grounded in West African indigo dyeing traditions and the histories of colonialism the plant holds, learn how to create a non-toxic indigo dye recipe – ideal for achieving medium to dark indigo blues with plant fibres – with visual artist, educator and researcher, Lucille Junkere. 
Courtesy of Lucille Junkere

The history of the indigo plant is one that is dark, rich, and fundamentally tied into legacies of colonialism and slavery. In her practice, Lucille uses these pigments to explore the past and reconcile it with the present, as well as work and think through feelings of loss, grief, healing, resistance and reconnection. 

These histories are where this hands-on, practical workshop will begin, as we dive into the West African tradition of indigo dyeing and explore how to manipulate fabric samples using resist methods to create your own intricate designs. 

By nurturing this cultural engagement with indigo, contextualising its history, and focusing on the West African dyeing tradition specifically, you will leave the workshop with a more grounded knowledge and understanding of the plant and the many stories it holds. 

No experience necessary – all materials are provided! Ticket prices for this workshop have been subsidised by Bow Arts.

This workshop has a limited capacity and is open to all! However, 50% of the tickets available are specifically reserved for participants who identify as Black.

£15 £12 concessions

Concessions rate applies to Bow Arts artists, students, over 65s, under 18s, National Art Pass members, and key workers

About Lucille Junkere 

Lucille Junkere is a research-based visual artist, engaging several themes, including the impact of British colonialism in African Caribbean textile histories. The dispossession caused by the transatlantic slave trade means that ancestral and cultural connections have been severed. Through her work Lucille explores identity and a past connected to chattel slavery. She uses the materiality of cloth, visual symbolism, botanical and ochre pigments especially indigo to explore loss, grief, healing, resistance and reconnection. 

Access information  

The Bow Arts Trust office has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.  

Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.  

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)  

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space (e.g. making sure you have a table near the entrance) or anything else you can think of!

Transport Information  

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm  
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ  
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.  
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.  
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.