Holiday tie dye fun for kids

A perfect opportunity for kids to get messy and be creative at the same time is being offered in Matakana this school holidays.

Warkworth-based textile artist and eco-dyer Karen Williamson will be running a tie dye workshop for kids aged six and over at the Matakana Community Hall on Thursday, July 19, from 10am to 12.30pm.

Anyone attending should wear old play clothes and bring along a few small clean white items from home to dye, preferably cotton, such as a t-shirt, pillowcase, tea towel, doily, handkerchief or socks.

“In the spirit of zero waste, search your wardrobe or op shop to upcycle, rather than buy new,” Karen says. “And bring along a container to take your wet, dyed items home with you.”

When she’s not teaching kids how to tie dye, Karen makes hand-dyed scarves and upcycled clothing printed naturally using leaves, bark, seeds and flowers under her own label, Nuku, which means earth in Maori.

The school holiday workshop costs $30 per child, which includes all dye and equipment, and parents are welcome to stay and play for free. Bring your own morning tea.

For bookings and payment details, email Karen at