Arts residency, Hordaland, Bergen, Norway, House of Ambrosia Tønnesson – first professional female sculptor in Norway 1859 – 1948
Due to the collaboration with Norwegian artist Marianne Wie on Nature journal. An opening to create unique cyanotype prints using light and water mapping the local forest plants. Highlights included trip to the Osteroy museum to see examples of local natural dyes using plants and lichens.
Nature Journal creative workshops outside at the Bergen Arboretum offering botanical ink making and cyanotype prints.
Collaborative textile research residency with Ceres_naturaldyesprints
Aim – to use objects from MoDA’s collection as a starting point for exploration of natural prints and dyes with the aim of raising the profile of MoDA’s collection for textile research in practise and to bring greater awareness of sustainability in design research
Given the impact of the fashion industry on the planet’s resources, how might natural dyes offer more sustainable alternatives to synthetic dyestuffs? Ana Baeza, MoDA’s Curator, talks with Zoe Burt, Lara Mantell and Flo Hawkins, three textile practitioners working with natural dyes who were inspired by MoDA’s collections. They discuss issues of sustainability and environmental activism.
Nature Journal is an inspired twist on your standard pocket field notebook or sketchbook. It inspires us all to experiment with nature by trying out traditional techniques like natural dyeing with plants, lumen and cyanotype photography and making inks and cordials with botanicals.
A joyful collaboration with Norwegian artist and photographer Marianne Wie, inviting us to connect creatively with nature.
An ideal gift for yourself or a friend!
Nature Journal has been sold as part of the curated Fashioned from Nature exhibition at The Victoria & Albert Museum shop, Kew Gardens, Wakehurst, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Chelsea Physic Garden, Whitechapel Art Gallery and The National History Museum in Oslo.
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Zoë was awarded the prestigious Timberland Earthkeeper grant for her work on the urban textile fibre growing project Seeds of Fashion. She collaborated with community gardens, schools and universities to inspire people to reconnect with where their clothes come from, and working together to grow a garment from seed within the M25.
This project, together with Cordwainers Garden and the London College of Fashion, was a 2015 Green Gown Awards finalist. Exhibits and talks and workshops about the project have been shown at the South London Botanical Institute, Brockwell Hall in Lambeth, the Royal Horticultural Society and the London Permaculture Festival.
The project also featured in Hand/Eye magazine in April 2015 and the Financial Times magazine in May 2015.
Awarded a residency from the Heritage Lottery and Fusion at Brockwell Lido in 2010, Zoë invited swimmers to make life-size poolside portraits using an early form of photography called cyanotype, or blueprinting.
The success of the venture enabled it to travel to other historically significant lidos, and an exhibition of the portraits was held in Brixton Village in 2010.