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Sapo Tinctoria: Soapmaking with Botanical Colours


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)
Sapo Tinctoria

With Natalie Grambow

$395 [Includes $100 lab fee] Class limit 16. Nov 15-17 (Fri-Sun) 10am-4pm.

Herbalists and apothecaries have practised soapmaking for centuries. The use of natural dyes in the soapmaking process is a logical extension of traditional botanical knowledge. Many of the qualities of natural dyes that make cooking with colour so appealing (the scent of dyes like chamomile, marigold, madder, or indigo) find a new expression when used in soaps. 

Join Natalie Grambow as she takes students through the principles and practice of hand-crafted soap. Students will learn about scented soap, natural dyes for soaps, layering colours, textural additions, soap molds, hard soaps, and soft soaps.

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Natalie Grambow

Natalie has an extensive background in design, teaching, and textile arts. An accredited interior designer, she spent many years in Ottawa working within the architectural design field and teaching design theory. Natalie’s first deep exploration of textiles began during her visual arts/photography studies at the University of Ottawa when she experimented with non-silver techniques of transferring photographic imagery onto cloth. She subsequently studied at the École d’Impression Textile à Montréal and later travelled to Asia and Latin America, where she spent six months learning to weave with local Mayan weavers in Guatemala. Shortly after completing the Textile Arts program at Capilano College in 2001, she was awarded the BC Craft Association’s Award of Excellence. Natalie has exhibited her textile art installations in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and on the Sunshine Coast. She has also developed a line of naturally dyed and printed fabrics and has been commissioned by such clients as the City of North Vancouver. Currently living in Roberts Creek, BC, she continues her art practice and studies from her studio.

Earlier Event: November 15
Elements of Design
Later Event: November 18
Portrait in Cloth