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SolarFast Dye Experimental Workshop


Thu 18th January 2024, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Cnr Brisbane &
Wollumbin St


Event description – SolarFast Dyes 

Thursday 25th January, 2024
Time: 10am – 4.00 pm (Includes a shared nibbles & cheese platter and wine!)
Where: M||Arts Precinct, Murwillumbah, NSW
Ages: 14 +
Cost: $200 EARLY BIRD! (tools and materials included except as outlined below)
General admission: $220

SolarFast dyes only develop color and become permanent upon exposure to sunlight (UV). This unique property means SolarFast may be used to create remarkably detailed photographs, photograms and shadow-prints on paper or fabric by harnessing the power of the sun! Anything you place on the painted surface to block the light will create a printed impression in a matter of minutes, whether a solid object (toys, tools, plants, lace, etc.), a photographic negative (an image digitally printed onto a transparency)* or shadow (from folds in the fabric or a 3D object). SolarFast dyes are also great for painting, tie dyeing, screen printing, stamping, batik and more—no heat setting, chemical or steam fixing necessary. The dye leaves fabric completely soft to the touch. On paper, it has zero relief and will not affect the texture of the surface whatsoever, making it a powerful tool for mixed-media arts.

Made by workshop participant – Beautiful colours!

Participants are to bring their own small selection of fresh foraged flowers, leaves, and/or pressed flowers to utilise in their SolarFast prints. Please bring things to print on like a white t-shirt, cotton or linen fabrics and water colour paper pad. All other materials and equipment will be provided.

Bring a white T-shirt!
Sponsored by jacquard products

Please BYO lunch and water, however, there are many eateries close by, such as the brand new M||Arts Bar will be open for cold drinks and cocktails! Kate Harvey Cheese, (cheese shop with amazing toasties!), and you can buy cafe style food, sweets and good coffee on-site at the new M||Arts Precinct Coffee shop! 

Please bring apron if you like and wear covered shoes. 

Katie Alleva is a local visual artist and teacher who has developed her cyanotype practice over the past five years. Katie is a dynamic, creative facilitator with extensive visual art knowledge and experience as a teacher. Katie Alleva holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (First Class 1A), a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Sec. Education), a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, and a Certificate IV in Small business management. 

“My art workshops are not just about teaching you an art technique. They are embedded with encouraging a deeper connection to self and community. They promote self-compassion through understanding how unique mark-making is. That simply being your authentic self, is the most healing intention you can set for yourself as a creative. My workshops are designed to ignite the creative spark within you and for you to feel inspired, uplifted, connected and leave with ideas buzzing around for further creative endeavours!!!”

Advance bookings are essential via the ticketing link below:

Colour Selection

Consider the colour possibilities of layering colours to create other colours. What happens when you try double and triple exposures? Build up layers to create abstracted imagery.


Please choose wisely as there are no refunds except for the below condition.

What we can offer: Any participant cancellations, will be provided with a refund if we can successfully offer your place to another participant on our waiting list. In this case, the workshop cost, less a booking fee of 10%, will be refunded, once the replacement student has paid in full. This is at the full discretion of Katie Alleva. For inquiries email: katiealleva@gmail.com


Sponsored by jacquard products


$200 – $220 AUD + BF


Thu 18th January 2024, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Cnr Brisbane &
Wollumbin St

We wish to acknowledge the Ngandowal and Minyungbal speaking people of the Bundjalung Country, in particular the Goodjinburra, Tul-gi-gin and Moorung – Moobah clans, as being the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters within the Tweed Shire boundaries. We also acknowledge and respect the Tweed Aboriginal community’s right to speak for its Country and to care for its traditional Country in accordance with its lores, customs and traditions.