A Workshop of your Choice!

Next workshops coming up at Ideas Block creative space & cafe:

Shibori dyeing workshop – 21st of November

Notebook workshop – 29th of November

I repeatedly organise workshops at Ideas Block and would like to do it even more often! Therefore I need your opinion. Please send me your feedback and ideas for a workshop you would like to attend. Challenge me!

So far I have been doing recurrent textiles dyeing and notebook binding workshops. Also previously I organised collage and Paper Stories workshops. Now I am thinking of combining some of the previous workshops into something new. Also I have ideas on organising Adobe Photoshop course.

Also if you wish to organise a workshop at your chosen location for an event or for your employees you are very welcome to contact me and we can arrange it!

Follow all upcoming events here and here!

And for now, see you soon in one of my workshops or Ideas Block, Pylimo 60, Vilnius!


Taigi artimiausios dirbtuvės nusimato šiomis dienomis, Ideas Block kūrybinėje erdvėje:

Tekstilės Shibori dažymo dirbtuvės – lapkričio 21 dieną

Užrašų knygučių dirbtuvės – lapkričio 29 dieną

Nuolat organizuoju kūrybines dirbtuves Ideas Block ir norėčiau tai daryti dar dažniau! Todėl reikia jūsų nuomonių ir patarimų. Siūlyk idėjas dirbtuvėms, kuriose norėtum sudalyvauti. Challenge me!

Iki šiol nuolatos organizavau pasikartojančias tekstilės dažymo bei užrašų knygučių dirbtuves. Taip pat anksčiau surengiau koliažų bei Popieriaus istorijų dirbtuves. Dabar norėčiau šį bei tą apjungti ir sukurti kažką naujo. Dar planuoju organizuoti Adobe Photoshop dirbtuves greitu metu.

Jei norėtumėt suoraganizuoti dirbtuves savo pasirinktoje vietoje, kažkokiam renginiui ar savo darbuotojams, labai prašau kreiptis, tikrai galėčiau jums pagelbėti!

Sekite visus artėjančius užsiėmimus ir renginius čia ir čia!

Na o kolkas, iki greito pasimatymo vienose iš mano dirbtuvių ar Ideas Block kūrybinėje erdvėje, Pylimo 60, Vilniuje!

Shibori Textiles Dyeing Workshop, 11th of July, 18.30

This Tuesday, 11th of July I will be doing a Shibori textiles dyeing workshop at Ideas Block creative space in Vilnius, Lithuania.

All those interested in participating in this workshop we recommend to register by sending a message to Ideas Block LT, as we have a limited amount of spaces.

Shibori is a traditional Japanese textiles dyeing technique, where by folding, tying, stitching, twisting, compressing a fabric, patterns are created.

During the workshop, while enjoying a cup of tea, we will talk about a variety of textiles dyeing techniques and dyes, answer the questions you might have, and, most importantly, everyone will get a chance to experiment with Shibori dyeing and create something unique.

Bring a white (or coloured) t-shirt, skirt, pillowcase, or just any fabric you wis to dye. Everything that is made from natural fibre is good for dyeing – COTTON or LINEN are the best (synthetic or semi-synthetic fabrics do not dye or dye in very pale tones).

We will dye all the white fabrics and other colours will be bleached.

We wil provide you with dyes and all the tools needed.

Workshop duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Fee: 10 €

Workshop will be held in LIthuanian and/or English (depending on the requirements of the participants.

Find Facebook event here.

Origin. New Collection Development

‘Origin’ is the name for my latest collection of textile products. It not only represents my deep interest in nature and its composition, patterns, colours and inseparable connection with man-made structures, but also explores the ideas of sustainability in textiles.

The collection features linen fabrics and woollen threads dyed with plant-based dyes. The colours and patterns created in the dyeing process are merged with embroidery. The hand stitched patterns are based on the structures found in nature, either looking from far or getting into detail through the microscopic images. See my Pinterest board for the inspiration behind the drawings.

Follow the development and find out more details on the type of products you might find in the collection on Instagram.

In the images bellow you can see the process of the project so far:

About the process and the sustainability side

The fabrics and threads I am using for this collection are dyed using chokeberries, ashberries, hawberries, leaves, onion peel and wood bark. For the fibres to bind with these natural substances alum is used.

What I like about using natural dyes is the ease of modifying the tones and how the colours stay flexible throughout their life cycle by reacting to the sun, rain or other conditions. I also enjoy exploring the nature looking for plants and seeing the different results they create on fabrics. The overall process is very appealing, however it comes with its challenges and side effects.

Even though I previously worked with natural dyes, I still find it quite difficult to get hold on brighter tones. Also this process requires a lot of time and large amounts of plant dyestuff to produce colours. And one more thing, in order for the colour to actually bind with the fibre it needs some sort of chemical mordant (such as alum). So when you put all of these things together, dyeing with natural dyes doesn’t seem as sustainable as it might seem from the beginning, especially if applied on an industrial scale.

So if this isn’t the best way to colour the fabrics we use for clothing or decorating our homes, what is it? I am following the latest trends in the search for more sustainable ways and so far the most promising seems to be bacteria-based dyes. Hopefully soon this is going to revolutionise the whole textiles industry.