Bio

Zoë Burt is an artist, designer, educator, award winning artist and author. Current themes explore the connection between ecology, botanical colour, activism and sustainability. She has two daughters and lives in South London.

From a young age Zoë has been a botanical explorer with a love for art, textiles and fashion. After studying textiles at Central St Martins, she worked in the fashion industry.

Lightbodies was awarded funding by Heritage Lottery and fusion to document summer at Brockwell Park London lido, a collabrative portrait project using light and water.

After 15 years in the fashion industry , Zoë asked the question ‘is it possible to grow a garment from seed in an urban environment? The Seeds of Fashion project was awarded a Timberland Earthkeeper grant and involved community gardens, parks, allotments, schools, developing to collaborate with Cordwainers Grow, and The London College of Fashion to grow London linen and make a piece designed by students and knitted up by technicians at LCF.

Her fascination with plant dyes grew from this project, leading her study Slow Textiles and how to ‘Grow Your Own Colour’, a year long course in growing and working with natural dyes. Zoë tutors the Seasonal Natural Dyeing and Sustainable Textiles course over 4 terms and the Textiles Advanced workshop at Morley College, London. She also  offers other creative workshops at ”design meets horticulture” venues including The South London Botanical Institute, Kew, Chelsea Physic Garden, Daylesfrod Organic Farm, The Royal Horticultural Society, Bergen Arboretum, Norway and Nisyros, Greece.

Her book Nature Journal in collaboration with Marianne Wie sold at V&A as part of the Fashioned from Nature exhibition.

Zoë loves sharing her skills and continuing to learn about the depth of colour, history and potential in connecting with nature, textiles and people.

Spinsters, Hecklers and Lingerie – Kate Poland and Zoë Burt at Chelsea Physic Garden

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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

Flax garland by Jessica Light
Flax garland by Jessica Light

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

Plant Recording with Cyanotype Photography

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.

Poppy cyanotype
Poppy cyanotype

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