Wednesday 19th August 7pm
Botanical Colour from plants
Fashion, textiles, craft & herbaria
A talk about the resurgence of interest in botanical colour and sustainability, connecting innovations past and present in this field.
In light of environmental concerns in the fashion and textiles industry an insight into a connected, imaginative and plant inspired future.
Mindfully connecting design activism, environmentalism and localism.
The talk aims to seed thoughts about these connections and look at trends in craft and creative businesses small and large scale looking to nature for inspiration.
Also highlighting some beautiful herbarium specimens of heritage dye plants collected by SLBI founder Allan Octavian Hume.
To book contact South London Botanical Institute
Telephone: 020 8674 5787
Ceres will be holding a day of dye garden creation and natural dye events.
Learn how to start your own natural dye garden, and practise natural dyeing with Ceres at the Remakery. The morning will be dedicated to growing a dye garden. We will be discussing some of the easier to grow indigenous dye plants, demonstrating ideas for making your own recycled containers, and planting seeds. Some of these seeds will be for the Remakery dye garden, and some will be available for you to take home in the containers.
A picnic in Myatts Field Park (weather permitting)
Bring your own lunch or something to share
In the afternoon we will demonstrate how to set up natural dye vats using locally foraged and bio waste natural dyestuff. We will show you how to dye a variety of fabrics, to take home as samples. There will be opportunities to try different colour modifying ingredients, and a demonstration of eco solar dyeing.
Lara Mantell, Florence Hawkins and Zoë Burt are a trio of eco-conscious designers, with expert knowledge in dyeing and printing natural dyes onto fabric and paper. They have extensive experience in hosting creative workshops.
Ceres are currently Artists in Residence at MoDA. Their recent collaborations include natural dye workshops at the Orchid festival at Kew Gardens. They won a headline project for London Design Festival, “Town Hall textiles” as
part of Brixton Design trail, printing with plants & bio waste on textile and paper. As a trio, Flo, Lara and Zoë bring creativity, organisation, and a passion for sharing the excitement and properties of plant dyes to a wider audience.
Ceres, an eco conscious design trio Lara Mantell, Florence Hawkins and Zoë Burt will demonstrate natural dyeing and printing techniques.
Create a silk handkerchief using a shibori resist process with natural dyes.
Design and print a festive card using botanical pastes through silk screens.
A drop-in taster session to learn something about natural dyeing and printing with Remakery and Ceres.
Tickets £14 via eventbrite – book via link
Remakery is a space for making things from waste materials, open to local residents, makers, artists and businesses. Our aim is to reduce waste and support our local community by sharing skills and sparking ideas.
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
A chance to learn how to develop a unique blueprint and browntone postcard to record plant specimens from the wonderful herbarium at The South London Botanical Institute using a historical form of botanical photography.
Booking essential via the SLBI website.
Prices from £30 – £35
To book click on link (gift cards available, please ask) Plant Recording with Cyanotype Photography
Sunday February 12th
11am – 2pm
The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road SE24 9AQ