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CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES | TRADITIONAL SKILLS

COLOUR STORIES

 

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 me in my 'happy place' the sun shining into my studio and my hands in a vat of indigo!

me in my 'happy place' the sun shining into my studio and my hands in a vat of indigo!

I live and work in Norwich, a ‘fine city’ in the county of Norfolk, England, once famed for its colourful textiles. 

Inspired by a 'slow' ethos that celebrates artisan skills and local provenance of materials, I colour my world with natural dyes such as madder, weld and woad, using traditional skills to produce contemporary woven and stitched textiles. 

 

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Discover your inner creativity 

I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and skills through workshops and creative retreats in Norfolk and further afield.

natural dyeing

Learn how to work with plant dyes to create a palette of natural colour on fabric and yarn for your textile projects. 

Upcycle your favourite clothes and unwanted fabrics at one of our Indigo Social events, learn simple resist techniques and meet fellow textile enthusiasts. 
The two day textile weekend workshops take inspiration from around the world, with a  print, dye workshop on the first day and a stitch workshop on the second. 

freestyle weave

Join our informal weekly weave sessions. Share ideas, be inspired and get help starting your project. Bring your own loom save 10%

3 hour introductory session
Using a simple pre-threaded loom you will learn various techniques to introduce texture and pattern to your weave. 
drop in sessions
caught the weaving bug? book a block of 10 hours which may be used at our sessions, drop in between 2-9pm any Wednesday

slow stitch

Working with naturally dyed materials and threads, learn simple ways to make a stitched piece to take home with you.

Spend a relaxing day discovering how to break down creative barriers and open up to new ideas and inspiration
mindful making
With mindfulness coach Bernie Sheehan. The workshops will focus on a slow stitch project, with opportunities to practise a series of mindfulness techniques.

 Essaouira beach - perfect for long walks and time to think...

Essaouira beach - perfect for long walks and time to think...

creative retreats

Based in Norfolk and Morocco, these one week retreats offer an opportunity to focus on your own creative practice, learn new skills and be inspired by local culture. 

Bespoke one to one and group workshops also available, contact Aviva for more details

COLOURS OF THE SUN - MOROCCO 2019

VISIT MOROCCO, BE INSPIRED BY SPICE MARKETS, AN ANCIENT WALLED CITY AND BERBER COUNTRYSIDE. LEARN HOW TO USE LOCAL INGREDIENTS AND MATERIALS TO CREATE YOUR OWN TEXTILES TO BRING HOME

COLOURS OF NORFOLK - various dates 2018

SPEND A WEEK LEARNING ABOUT NORWICH'S ANCIENT TEXTILE HERITAGE, WORKING WITH HISTORIC NATURAL COLOUR ON VARIOUS TEXTILES PROJECTS INCLUDING WEAVING, PRINTING WITH DYES AND SLOW STITCH

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MATERIALS TO make your own

Colours of Norfolk - a collection of plant dyed yarns and fabrics for your own textile projects.

Limited edition colour stories inspired by Norfolk's fine city, coast and countryside. 
As in nature, all plant dyed colours live harmoniously together, there are no clashes.
British wool - Blue Faced Leicester, Wensleydale, organic and upcycled cotton
100g hanks to 25g balls in VARIOUS weights from 2 PLY LACE WEIGHT to Aran. 
perfect for crochet, knit and weave. For your slow stitch and quilting projects
there are 'colour story' packs of organic and upcycled cotton fabric and embroidery threads

Everything is hand dyed with natural dyes, so colours may not be repeatable

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“UNIQUE TEXTILES THAT ARE ALIVE, THAT SHOW THE TRACES OF TIME
AND TOUCH OF THE HAND OF THE MAKER”
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slow textiles - made by hand. woven, painted, printed & stitched.
considered provenance, colour from nature. mixes of materials create texture

to touch, to wear, to share and to keep

find my latest work at
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 26/27 May & 2/3 June
The Post Room 85 Upper St Giles Street Norwich
KOBO AB Magdalen St Norwich opening June 2018