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Imagined Landscapes: Natural Dyes, Image Making + Stitching


Join Arounna Khounnoraj to explore natural dyeing and image making.

Course Description

In this workshop we will be using a variety of techniques to create surface designs including block printing, painting with ink, clay resists, mordants and modifiers. The fabric will be overdyed with indigo and natural dyes using local plants. In addition a variety of embroidery techniques will be added to give detail and texture. Arounna will guide you through these processes to create a final textile project that is inspired by your surroundings.




Artist Biography

Arounna Khounnoraj is a Canadian artist and maker working in Toronto where she immigrated with her family from Laos at the age of four. While her education includes a master’s degree in fine arts in sculpture and ceramics, her experiences eventually led to a career in fibre arts where she focused on a range of printing techniques for textiles as well as embroidery, patchwork and punch needle. In 2002 she started bookhou, a multi-disciplinary studio, with her husband John Booth where she creates utilitarian textile objects such as bags, home goods and textile art.

Arounna has explored a wide range of techniques, methods and materials expressing a passion for everyday creativity and the importance of the handmade in everyone’s life. Her work emphasizes slow design, intuitive thinking and the importance of handwork. She teaches workshops on a variety of fibre arts and crafts both in Canada and internationally. In 2019, she published her first book, Punch Needle: Master the Art of Punch Needling Accessories for You and Your Home. In 2020, she released Visible Mending, which introduced mending and the reuse of clothing as a personal and hands-on way to address issues of overconsumption and fast fashion in the textile industry. Her third book, Embroidery, was released in 2022. In the fall of 2023 she will be releasing Contemporary Patchwork: Techniques in Color, Surface Design & Sewing, followed by Winter Celebrations, A modern guide to a handmade Christmas.

Learn more about Arounna Khounnoraj and her work by visiting her website, and checking out her Instagram @bookhou.

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