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Workshop: Spice Girls – an introduction to natural spice dyes with Ayesha Sureya

Friday, July 1, 2022
Opening Hours: 
Nunnery Cafe, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Inspired by ancestral knowledge and food as a cultural archive, join artist and designer Ayesha Sureya in this workshop where we will transform spices into our own natural dyes to print and stain cotton scarves and fabrics. 

Food and personal objects act as small reminders of the moments shared between people and occasions. In this workshop, we will disrupt and rewrite toxic narratives regarding the ‘curry stained’ South Asian body, through reappropriating spices into stains that adorn fabrics to celebrate the power that food holds in our homes and memories. 

Ayesha encourages all participants to bring their own old jewellery or small objects from home to rework and repurpose as stencils and patterns. 


Tickets £7/£5 (concession rate applies to Bow Arts artists, students, over 65s, under 18s, National Art Pass members, and key workers) 

More about Ayesha Sureya 

Ayesha Sureya Patel is a Jewellery Artist and 3D designer from London whose work is inspired by the beauty but also tangled identities around being British-South-Asian. She graduated from the Jewellery Design course at Central St. Martins (2018) and has continued working from her studio in Stoke Newington.  

Her practice explores her cultural identity and entails heavily researched theologies and symbolism to help draw connections between jewellery and the self, formality of adornment, and the narrative of personal materials and objects in a post-colonial world.  

Currently she is communicating her concepts through 3D artworks, animations and in metals where each jewel gives evidence of a creative synthesis of religious ideologies and themes with modern techniques, creating a new mythology and form that enables us to communicate with and relate to a world remote from us. 


Access Information 

The Nunnery Cafe 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 or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3) 

Travel Information 

Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 9am to 4pm. Open 10am on Sundays
Address: Nunnery Cafe, 181 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.