THE ALCHEMIST'S CUPBOARD TBC

A DAY FOR EXPERIMENTING WITH NATURAL MATERIALS, WEAVING TRADITIONAL IDEAS AND MODERN PERCEPTIONS TO CELEBRATE THE BIODIVERSITY OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. PAINT-MAKING, OINTMENT BREWING, POTION-DECOCTING, PAPERMAKING….

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Date
2022 DATE TBC
price
£85-£120*
Location
DARTINGTON
Suitability
Adults
Age Range
adults

Overview

A day for experimenting: exploring traditional and improvising new uses for natural resources. The processes here draw on ancient techniques: grinding and roasting pigments, gently drawing the colour or potency of a plant into oil or suspension. They also encourage people to look more carefully at natural resources, find different ways of understanding what a plant or lump of rock has to offer: textures, colours, fibres all come into play here

AIM

This workshop sets out to offer participants the opportunity to try ideas for themselves, inviting them to experiment, to try and maybe to fail but with that to learn and refine activities. Activities are designed to be used with groups on relatively short sessions so we will work safely with quick techniques, readily available and easily managed materials and skills that can be taught easily and will transfer so that participants from schools or public events can take ideas away and repeat them

ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE

• Paper-making: from preparing pulp (recycled and natural fibres) to lifting and drying our own sheets
• First colours: finding colours in nature: from the obvious to the unexpected
• Preparing paints: the value of heat, different methods of making pastes and liquids to paint with
• Trying ink: from oak galls to Gum Arabic and lamp black: does any of it work for us?
• Potions and poultices: beaten comfrey, hot fomentations, oatmeal on skin….
• Oils and ointments: melting, making, mixing and keeping….
• Keeping track of results: preparing our own alchemist notebooks
• Review: what worked, what didn’t (and why), applying techniques to group situations, sourcing materials

Notice: this is a workshop about understanding and using resources: it does not teach medical herbalism and recipes and techniques we use are not approved for medical use!

PREPARATION:

if possible, it would be helpful if participants could bring 1 or 2 small glass jars with lids

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**MAY HALF-TERM EVENTS**

Come along Sat evening May 25th for a relaxing and family friendly evening  Nightpaddle on the River Dart; or enrol the kids (8-12 yrs) for a fun filled Wild School day in the woods on May 28th.