The Colour Kitchen – a 21st century dyer’s notebook…

The Colour Kitchen – a 21st century dyer’s notebook…

there’s always something special about starting a new notebook, folding back the front cover and smoothing that first page – it can be daunting, but here goes…

07.17 17-7-17 – a gorgeous sunny morning under a big blue Norfolk sky. Armed with secateurs and a camera I make my way to an unloved patch of ground somewhere in the fine city of Norwich…

an auspicious beginning to my new adventure in colour ? the first page of ¬†‘the colour kitchen’ – a 21st dyer’s notebook…

after spending seven years as an ‘apprentice’, studying natural dyes, sharing my skills and ideas with others through workshops along the way, I have decided it’s time to become a ‘journeyman’ and go on a colour adventure of my own. Over the next two years I will be revisiting the folders, files, photos and notebooks I have collected over the years,¬†refining my natural dye practice, sharing stories along the way and compiling my own 21st century dyer’s notebook.

Since I began my own textile journey here in Norwich, I have revisited the beautiful 18th century pattern books in the museum archives many times, in awe of the vibrancy of the colours and the subtlety of the shades the dyers achieved with their skills. historically dyers were a secretive lot, keeping their recipes very close to their chests, very often their notebooks disappeared and they took their trade secrets to the grave with them.

I do not profess to be an expert, as I said earlier I feel I am beginning the next stage in my own learning journey, but I am passionate about sharing knowledge and skills and want to leave something behind one day…

join me on my journey, I’ll be sharing stories here..



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