Saturday, 26 October 2013


I've really been enjoying working with the natural dyes so far, it's challenging and it doesn't always work out like the recipe I'm following but I guess that's part of the beauty.
This week I had the opportunity to attend an indigo workshop and speak to an ex-student about her work with indigo.
I'm excited to get stuck in with the indigo and to try the madder I bought online.
The challenge is to create some direct prints with the natural dye stuffs!

Dye vat, Shibori silks and wool felt strips oxidising in the studio

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Orta at YSP

As part of my current project, this past weekend I took a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
I always like an excuse to visit the sculpture park!

The reason for my visit was the Lucy and Jorge Orta exhibit which focuses on the theme of water. The Orta's work often focuses on themes of the environment and their new work "The Raft of Medusa" was no exception.

I found interesting to note that they did a piece based around refugee wear. This is something I definitely want to explore further as it links nicely with part of my own research.

My particular favourites in the exhibit were these glazed bones with species illustrations decorating them. I'm always drawn to ceramic pieces.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A World of Colour

Considering the amount of colour in the natural world you'd think it would be easy to translate that onto cloth. No.
I am having a lot of trouble get a variety of colours from the dye stuffs I have gathered, the colours I have are lovely, the problem is, there are two. a golden brown and a lush berry colour.

Studio time was fairly successful this week, I experimented with natural dye mono-prints, using reactive stock paste (a pretty natural substance containing urea) to transfer the dyes which were painted onto a silk screen. Although they weren't steamed for long enough so my results were extremely pale. I'm going to try again (and steam them correctly this time!).

I've also been working in my sketchbook with the dye berries and exhausted dyes to create some interesting textures.

My aims for next week are more colours and more fabrics! I want to get as many different samples as possible, leather and wool felt for millinery are my latest loves, for working on in next week's studio time.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Life Lately

Life lately has been stress. Final year has well and truly commenced, and as the work piles increase, time for boutique hot chocolates and lunches that aren't from Boots become less frequent.

Currently I'm exploring natural dyes, visiting galleries and trend researching.