Bergen Arts and Nature Residency Norway

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.

Cyanotypes made in the forest
Cyanotypes made in the forest
Osteroy museum natural dyes
Bergen Arboretum

House of Ambrosia
House of Ambrosia

MoDA textile research and collaborative sustainability residency

Zoe Burt fabrics
Naturally dyed and printed fabrics by Zoe Burt

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


Dye Book 1894 MoDA
Dye Book 1894 MoDA

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.

Episode 4: Home Planet

Ceres: Artists in Residence 2019

Nature Journal

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 book cover by Zoe Burt and Marianne Wie
Nature Journal book cover

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.

More details and how to order your own copy of Nature Journal can be found here:
It is also available from The Resurgence and Ecologist online bookshop
To order from The Resurgence Trust
This is a quick video of one of my personal copies, how will you populate yours?

45 Collective and 198 Gallery

Unit 45, Second Avenue, Brixton Village Market – 17 February – 3 March 2010

For this event, I created an interactive workshop for Brixton market. This participatory event was created in collaboration with the 45 Collective and 198 Gallery.

People were invited to engage with the diversity of the entire market environment and create a cyanotype that expressed their unique experience of the space.

198at45: ZOË BURT’S OPENING & CYANOTYPE WORKSHOP from Jenny Gallego on Vimeo.

Studio at Elephant

climate change shift dress

Artist in Residence for Climate Change Week, 20-27 March 2011

Participatory “planetary blueprint shift dress”

London Printworks Trust

printworks residency2

This residency in 2013 linked the flax growing project at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses with London Printworks Trust.

As well as producing new cyanotype prints Zoë co-facilitated family textile print workshops.

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Seeds of Fashion

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.

For more details of the project, see the Seeds of Fashion blog.

A Fibreshed for London (2015) from Jessica Smulders Cohen on Vimeo.


Lightbodies by Karen Livesey from Zoe Burt on Vimeo.

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.

light and water bookBuy a copy of Light and Water.

Download a copy of the Tooting Bec Lido Lightbodies book.