a colourful weekend learning new skills in two stand-alone one day workshops. learn how to dye with ancient colour and weave a scarf to take home with you! NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER – 10-4 learn how to use exotic dyes from the ‘new […]
Midsummers day and the rain stayed away for the private view of the Norwich University College of the Arts Degree Show My final degree show collection was made from abaca ( a type of non-edible banana fibre) and linen yarns dyed with logwood, weld, madder […]
elderberry – not all ripe, but a wonderful array of colour
The studio where I have been working is located down a country lane and at the moment the hedgerows are glowing with colour from blackberry, sloe, rosehip and elderberry. Over the past couple of weeks I have been harvesting lots of lovely fruit and after stocking up my larder with jams, cordials and a bottle or two of something to warm us up through winter, decided to have a bit of a play. Out came the inks and paints and I spent a rainy sunday afternoon mark making and thinking about how I can translate the gorgeous colours of the autumn berries into my work…
I will continue working with natural dyes for my next project, but this time focus on red dyes like cochineal and lac, using extracts to try and get really strong colour. I have sourced a variety of extracts and over the coming weeks will be trying to build a palette of colour from the red/blue spectrum. I will also be using natural indigo pigment instead of the woad that I normally use for blue, and hope to get good strong purples and blue-blacks.
I am still thinking about weave structure and am being drawn to honeycomb and waffle, envisaging rich textures in alpaca and silk, softness and warmth as winter comes closer…