Indigo: Resist & Renew with Maria Thomas – 7 June 2025

The Artist

Maria studied Embroidery at Manchester Polytechnic during the early 1990’s and has continued to practice and exhibit textiles ever since.   Her love of patchwork and quilting techniques combined with found objects and memories inspire her to create. Teaching and making textiles for over 30 years, she currently works at her home studio in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Maria’s textile art is all about mixing it up, she loves to salvage and is forever gathering up all sorts of redundant objects to use in her work.  Together with memories, found objects, fabric and daily ephemera she combines different weights of cloth, paper and objects in no particular order. She simply observes how the mixes of materials interrupt each other when side-by-side. Transforming her finds through textile collage, her approach is to compose and balance the visual imagery she finds. Making random patterns with recycled paper-wrappers and damaged household linens her work captures moments in time suggesting an intriguing everyday narrative. 

The Workshop

A exploring pattern and resist with pleats and folds, breathing new life into old fabrics ready to repurpose and reuse.

Discover indigo cake a natural dye once known as blue gold. This workshop will cover - how to set up a home indigo vat and prepare fabrics for dip dyeing. Explore resist pattern making with Itajime a traditional cloth-clamping technique. Over dye and refresh old fabrics including plain, patterned and pre-stitched, with varied shades of blue.


1 day workshop - 7 June 2025
10 - 4.30
£99 includes all materials & refreshments - please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two Cafes on site or the  award winning farm shop.