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Sun, 20 Aug


Patch of the Planet

Wyld Arts Workshop: natural paints and botanical inks for mark-making

A fantastic opportunity to learn how to make beautiful paints and botanical inks from local, natural materials, and how to use them confidently in self-expression and mark-making in a hand-made sketchbook. This workshop is delivered by three local artists, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

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Wyld Arts Workshop: natural paints and botanical inks for mark-making
Wyld Arts Workshop: natural paints and botanical inks for mark-making

Time & Location

20 Aug 2023, 09:30 – 16:00

Patch of the Planet, Llys-y-frân, Clarbeston Road SA63 4RU, UK

About the event

Join us for a very special, hands-on workshop to learn how to create paints and inks from nature in a beautiful setting in North Pembrokeshire.

You will be guided through an immersive experience, learning about and foraging for plants for colour, inks, paints and charcoal. You will be encouraged to experiment and play with the materials through expressive markmaking, led by our experienced facilitators.

By the end of the day you will have made a sketchbook, handmade inks and paints and mark-making tools to take home.

The course is delivered through the lens of permaculture, treading lightly on the planet and living in harmony with nature.

Your teachers

This workshop is borne of a dynamic collaboration between three experienced and passionate local artists:

Dina Kingsnorth

Dina is the founder of Wyld Arts, a project that explores, experiments and educates around the connections between land and art, and particularly enjoys working with charcoal.

She is also co-founder of Patch of the Planet, a permaculture project run on her family smallholding in Pembrokeshire and is passionate about embracing the art of living simply and living in harmony with nature.

Find out more about Dina's work here.

Anya Ward

Anya is a self taught abstract painter, with an early practice in hand built ceramics. Anya’s work illuminates and speaks of the human’s capacity to transform, translated through her own personal experiences. She is currently exhibiting at Sotheby's, London, with the painting “Sanctuary and The Hunt”, which has been selected for Outside In UK National exhibition “Humanity” which runs until 27th January 2023 before heading to Project Ability in Glasgow in the summer and then Brighton and Hove museums in winter.

Anya is an experienced and skilled facilitator of expressive markmaking.

Find out more about Anya's work here.

Kelly Cracknell

Kelly has always been inspired to create by journeys taken, stories told and memories gathered. For many years she felt compelled to travel and found herself drawn to the waters edge and under the canopy of trees. It was here that nature became her teacher and a love of foraging led her to experiment and co-create with plants and make natural paints and inks. Foraging for wild colour is what she now longs to share with others. She runs her own business, "Mooncraft and Mysterious Musings", selling handmade pigments and beautiful artwork.

Find out more about Kelly's work here.

The course includes teaching, practical activities, tours and exercises, and all materials and refreshments. Participants will need to bring lunch.

Wyld Arts is a branch of Patch of the Planet, a permaculture project at the foothills of the Preselis in Pembrokeshire.

If you'd like to extend your visit and spend more time exploring the beautiful Pembrokeshire countyside, there are various camping options on-site available through Patch of the Planet.

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