Natural Dye Workshop at The South London Botanical Institute

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Natural Dye Workshop:

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

Saturday September 10th

10am – 1pm

£35, book and pay through SLBI

Textile Alchemy

Looking forward to curating this textile show by the talented Advanced Textile Workshop students from Morley College responding to the magic of natural dyeing, the revelations of printing and the mysteries of textile construction. Themes transformed include the River Thames, road markings and personal journeys. Techniques involve surface design, hand crafting and machine stitch, felting and applique.

Herne Hill Farmers Market Sunday June 5th

silk scarves
I will be at the sunny Herne Hill market this Sunday June 5th from 10 – 4pm with my arts and crafts stall selling original and digital blueprints, cards and naturally dyed silk scarves.
Herne Hill farmers market has an excellent mixture of arts and crafts and vintage goods together with delicious food and coffee and it is easy to get to, just by Herne Hill train station and several bus stops. Brockwell park is a stone’s throw away and has a secret garden, a lovely lido and expansive views across London…. a fun day out for everyone.

Herne Hill Farmers Market

Herne Hill

Marian Clayden at Fashion & Textile Museum

passementerieHighly recommend a visit to The Fashion & Textile Museum to see Art Textiles: a celebration of the work of Marian Clayden – a British born citizen who later lived and worked in America.

I was lucky enough to hear an illuminating talk by Mary Schoeser author, curator and textile historian, who brought this colourful character to life. Marian Clayden was a curious and experimental textile artist, a mother, who loved movement and dance. She taught in primary schools and developed educational slide shows revealing her techniques. She showed her work in galleries. She made great innovations in shibori techniques and designed the outfits for the musical Hair.

Taking risks aged 50 and having such talent and vision, her company grew from the kitchen sink into a multi million pound business. Her designs have been worn by Whitney Huston, Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver and despite her never seeking fame her business had a cult following.

Clayden traversed many textile possibilities – shibori, dyeing, passementerie, felt making, art fibre pieces, fashion designs, exquisite void velvet (not discharged but woven into delicate patterns costing £100 /metre in the 1980s)  utilising the skills of French craftsmen over two years to revive this technique.

An inspirational show encouraging experiments with everyday objects, for example her use of the sandwich toaster to make dynamic print patterns using pigments.

She also supported the Aid to Artisans charity.

Marian Clayden –  a fascinating textile artist who traversed art, textiles and fashion with innovation  – a global traveller (finding the strength and beauty of donkey straps, a source of inspiration after living in Iran for a year) and evidently  fun to work with as quoted by her assistants. Only on until April 17th.

Cover Version – Group Show – Studio 73

Cover Version poster
Cover Version blueprints by Zoë Burt for Studio 73 group show

SIDE A:
I am deeply connected to blue and can’t stop making blueprints – a magical process of camera-less photography. Stairway to Heaven is an all time Ledzeppelin classic from 1971 (the year photos of the earth were first photographed and seen from the moon) the song threads a folkloric tale, otherworldly, connecting heaven and earth. This particular print is also inspired by the Lambeth visionary artist William Blake from a 1793 engraving ‘I want I want” from a tiny book called The Gates of Paradise for children. In an anthropocene age of consumersism this image playfully resounds with the restless human spirit

& SIDE B:
Sound and Vision by David Bowie contains the lyrics “Blue Blue Electric Blue”… that’s the colour of my room where I will live. Being a Lambeth resident for many moons, I resonant with this tune.. Electric Avenue – a nearby street and the first to get electric light in London; Davis Bowie’s connections to the Brixton area and my love of the colour blue and making cyanotype prints. Blueprinting or cyanotype is an exciting way to create an image using sunlight and water. Cyanobacteria emerged billions of years ago absorbing water molecules from hydrogen and releasing oxygen as a by product thereby conjuring the first life on earth – ultimate blind blue green algae visionaries in a way. Bowie sings ‘waiting for the gift of sound and vision’ – sometimes it flashes down and connects us and inspiration follows….

To order a print, please contact the gallery
Studio 73 website