Spinsters, Hecklers and Lingerie
April 6 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Do you know where the words ‘heckler’, ‘spinster’ and ‘lingerie’ come from? Discover their origins and much more in this interactive talk exploring the social history of flax, an incredible fabric we rely on throughout our lives for its medicinal qualities as well as for the clothes we wear.
Photo shows linen garland designed by passementerie weaver Jessica Light from flax grown in London
Zoë Burt is a textile artist and Kate Poland is the co-founder of Cordwainer’s Community Garden in Hackney. They both worked together on the Seeds of Fashion project and Grow a London Garment, in which they grew and produced a garment from start to finish.
Book via the Chelsea Physic garden website Spinsters , hecklers and lingerie
Kate Poland and Zoë Burt give a brief talk about the history of flax and linen with the opportunity to spin fibres to create your own twine. Then decorate your own packet of seeds to take home using the cyanotype process.
Booking essential via the Chelsea Physic Garden website
Thursday 2nd March
6.30 – 9.30pm Twine and Wine
Come and learn how to create beautiful colours and patterns on paper and fabric from a range of botanical kitchen waste. Make your own paper and fabric samples to take home. Booking essential via The South London Botanical Institute website Prices from £30 – £35
Sunday 15th January 11am – 2pm Dyeing from Dining
The South London Botanical Institute
323 Norwood Road, SE24 9AQ
Dye a silk scarf using madder root. See madder root grown in SLBI garden
Study herbarium sheets of natural dye plants from SLBI. Learn about the history of the natural dyeing process and experiment with a range of colours the madder root makes. Try shibori resist techniques to create patterns with madder.
10 – 1pm