Sustainable Textiles Summer Taster Day
Years 12 & 13

Wednesday 6th July, 10am - 4pm. This free Taster Day is open to students in years 12 -13. The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 26th June.

We’re all know about recycling to reduce waste, but did you know that you could be using your leftovers from dinner to dye your clothes?

In this session we will be using kitchen waste like onion skins, coffee and tea leaves to dye a variety of fabrics. 

This workshop will provide you with a basic introduction to Natural Dye plants. We will look at a few natural dye materials you can find in your kitchen or garden. Also we will explore creative techniques to create a variety of patterns, from tie dye to Shibori.

You will have the opportunity to create a variety of fabric samples which can be easily recreated at home to design or upcycle your own sustainable textile design or garments. 

By the end of the session, you will:
1. Be familiar with dye related vocabulary: dye stuff, sample, material (cotton, silk),
mono material, resist, dye techniques, etc
2. Understand sustainability issues involved in industry dyeing, and conventional
cotton and silk production.
3. Have gained textile skills which can be applied for upcycling, appropriation, and
textile creation.
4. Have learned some basics about colour theory and pattern creation.
5. Have enjoyed creating textiles in a sustainable, circular, non-toxic manner.

About your tutor:

Brigitte Kaltenbacher is a sustainable textile designer maker that works with local materials, yarns and dyes.

She has been featured on BBC One as well as in a few magazines like 'Permaculture' and 'Herbs'.

Brigitte completed her Masters degree in Textiles at the UCA a few years ago and has delivered workshops, demos and talks about sustainable textile materials since then.

This Summer Taster Day is suitable for students in years 12 & 13 with an interest in creative subjects - you need to have a passion for Art and Design but you don't need any previous experience and you don't have to be studying a creative subject at school/college to take part. Our Clubs aim to be inclusive - creativity is for everyone! If you have any special requirements (learning needs, access needs, disability support, preferred pronouns, allergies etc) then please let us know on your application form and we will try our best to make sure your experience with us is comfortable and enjoyable. If you'd like to ask us anything about the Club in advance of applying, please email

This day provides a great opportunity to explore a new creative disciplines, find out more about creative careers and pathways, and add to your portfolio of work.

During the day you will take part in a creative workshop, meet a practising artist and student ambassadors.

All creative materials required will be provided free of charge, and support with travel is available for target students (see below or get in touch to find out more).

The Taster Day is free to attend and open to all students in years 12 & 13.

This activity is provided by the Outreach Programme which aims to increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups and areas accessing higher education.

Priority places will be given to students who live in targeted postcodes and those who attend a partnership school or college.

Any remaining spaces will be allocated in line with the eligibility criteria.

Deadline for applications: 23:59 on Sunday 26th June.

Disclaimer: UCA reserve the right to cancel or amend this activity at any time prior to the event. This event is in-person and will be subject to institution and government Covid-19 safety guidelines applicable at the time.

Event details

  • 6 July 2022 - 6 July 2022

    10:00 - 16:00 (GMT)

    UCA Farnham

Useful information

UCA’s Summer Taster Days are suitable for students who are studying or have an interest in creative subjects and would like to develop their skills and portfolio.

The aim of the course is to provide an opportunity for young people to access free art and design tuition from a higher education institution to support them in the development of their portfolio of work. It's also designed for students who may not otherwise have the chance to access such an opportunity.

Priority will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • are the first generation in their family to study at higher education level (e.g. Degree, HND, HNC)
  • are currently eligible for Free School Meals
  • come from a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (determined by postcode using POLAR 3 data)
  • are from a black or minority ethnic (BAME) background
  • are in, or have lived under local authority care
  • have caring responsibilities for a family member
  • have a disability
  • attend a HEON, KaMCOP or KMPF partnered school (a list of eligible schools is included below)
  • live in HEON or KaMCOP target postcode area
  • have not previously attended a UCA Easter or Summer School programme
  • are studying without the support of family
  • are an unaccompanied asylum seeker/refugee
  • a child from a military family
  • from a gypsy, roma and traversal community

Allocation will also be based on your personal statement, where we would like to see an evident passion for the subject and an interest in studying a creative subject at a higher level.

This information will be gathered via UCA’s Summer Taster Days application form and will be assessed by the University’s Outreach Manager and Outreach Officer.

Once the application deadline has passed, we will consider all applications against the priority criteria listed above to determine who will be offered a place. A decision will be sent in writing to confirm whether a place on the programme has been secured, and successful applicants will be asked to confirm their place in writing. Where the programmes are oversubscribed, unplaced applicants who meet the criteria outlined above will be kept on a waiting list and allocated spaces should they become available. UCA reserves the right to cancel or amend Summer Taster Day activities at any time prior to the start of the club.  In the event of any changes, applicants/participants and their parents/carers will be notified accordingly.

If an applicant decides not to accept their offer, they must inform UCA staff via email as soon as possible so spaces can be reallocated where possible, by emailing

  • Alderwood Senior School
  • All Hallows Catholic School
  • Ash Manor School
  • Brooklands College
  • Chertsey High School
  • Christ's College, Guildford
  • Collingwood College
  • Cove School
  • Farnborough College of Technology
  • Farnham Heath End School
  • Farnham Sixth Form College
  • Fernhill School
  • George Abbot School
  • Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
  • Hoe Valley School
  • Jubilee High School
  • Kings College for the Arts and Technology
  • Merrist Wood College
  • NESCOT College
  • Salesian School, Chertsey
  • Samuel Cody School
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School, Woking
  • St Paul's Catholic College
  • St Peter's Catholic School
  • Strodes College
  • The Beacon School
  • The Bishop Wand Church of England School
  • The Magna Carta School
  • The Matthew Arnold School
  • The Sixth Form College Farnborough
  • The Wavell School
  • Thomas Knyvett College
  • Winston Churchill School
  • Woking College
  • Woking High School

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