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Colour Fiesta – inspiration from the New World

Colour Fiesta – inspiration from the New World

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 […]

Final Degree Show – BA Textiles (Hons)

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 […]

berries & bugs

 

 

 

 

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…