Friday, 15 June 2012

Workshop interview #1: Eco Bunting: Printing with Nature

We’ve chatted to each of this year’s workshop organisers to help you find out a bit more about the art, craft and musical treats in store. Here’s our first interview with Amy and Melanie of the LS10 Ladies Good Time Collective, whose workshop, 'Eco Bunting: Printing With Nature (Hapa Zome)', takes place at 2pm on the Saturday at Indietracks.  

Hi, please tell us a bit about the workshop
Eco Bunting! Come and join us to have a go at printing on (ready made) bunting using the natural Hapa Zome technique. We will be pounding out the colour pigments of plants using mini hammers to create your own designs on fabric bunting that you can take away at the end of the workshop to make your tent look pretty. This is a very child friendly workshop! All materials will be provided and it’s completely free!

Please tell us a little bit about yourselves
We’re from the ‘LS10 Ladies Good Time Collective’ in Leeds. The group is an informal collective of friends, living in South Leeds, who get together on a semi-regular basis to craft, drink tea and plan local charity events. Most of our events involve live bands, tea stalls, making things and jumble sales.

Amy also runs environmental education and play workshops for children and families, mainly in Leeds, but sometimes in other places. She currently works at the very lovely Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Melanie has run many Zine Making workshops at events such as Ladyfest, based on her own knowledge of making (art based) zines for many years (

Any Indietracks stories you’d like to divulge?
We once tried to get an early night and were tucked up in bed (not asleep) in our tent while the kickass campsite marquee was blaring out THE BEST INDIE DISCO WE HAVE NEVER
BEEN TO!! Full on regret. Learn from our mistake everyone: get your big sleeps before going to the festival, you snooze you lose!

What are you looking forward to most this Indietracks?
Melanie: Go Sailor (I can’t believe I’m finally getting to see them play live after years of hoping
and wishing they’d reform), the sun shining (if I put this request in early enough, it’ll happen all
weekend, right!?)
Amy: Allo Darlin’ (always), running our workshop, and the epic beer selection in the train

Do you have any festival going tips?
Melanie: I’m a bit of a hygiene freak, so I recommend WET WIPES!!!!! (Plus some spending
money for ice lollies)
Amy: I’m highly practical and therefore recommend: a mallet for bashing in those tent pegs, a
headtorch for nightime wees, a cropped trouser, and saving enough money for the merch!

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