The Pacific Ocean was a starting point for the theme of Cultural Patterns. I chose the paddle as an emblem of connection between humans, their environment and the spirit of the land. The paddles would also have been used for discovery and as gifts and for trading, exchanging cultural pattern and styles. Three paddles were painted on board the Endeavour by draftsman Sydney Parkinson (1769) on a voyage of Captain Cook. There was no written language on many of the pacific islands, art held sacred information, often painted with plant colours vanishing soon after made. In response, my papers have been hand-painted with plant colour extracts – madder, weld, sorghum and persian berry and treated with light sensitive solution and printed with imagery reflecting aspects of the fluidity and direction of water.
It was an honour to exhibit works on paper with talented artists Bukki Adeyemo, Jan Cook, Line Le Fevre, Jan van der Linde, Rachel Preston, Cherry Taylor, Lauraine Turner and Sarah Wilson as part of the Advanced Textile Workshop at Morley College.
12th – 21st March 2019 at R.K.Burt Gallery, 57 Union Street, London, SE1 1SG
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.
Ceres 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.
They will be hosting a weekend of Botanical Screen Printing using biowaste from Brixton market and local grown colour on textiles and paper on September 15th/16th, see eventbrite links for details, all ages welcome.
Florence Hawkins is a graphic print designer, fascinated by the chemistry of natural colours and their interaction with each other. She is skilled at developing collaborative workshops in natural dyes and foraging; linking plants, people, pattern and design. Flo’s most recent project is as organizer of the cookbook project between LCC students and the Jamyang café, this will be published in 2018.
Zoë Burt is an artist and designer, and holds workshops at education, design and horticulture venues. She lecturers at Morley College and UAL, and gives talks linking plants, fashion, textiles and sustainability. A recent collaborative book made with artist Marianne Wie, Nature Journal – seasonal creative projects – is currently sold at Kew Gardens and the V&A, alongside their Fashioned from Nature exhibition.
Lara Mantell is a textile designer specialising in screen printing onto fabric; her drawings and paintings of landscapes inspire her work. Lara researches printing with natural dyes and colour modifiers; and she has developed teaching materials, creative workshops, and presented research at UAL staff conferences. Lara is specialist print and dye technician for BA/MA textiles at Chelsea College of Art, and teaches courses in drawing and textile design at UAL and City Lit.