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I am a mixed media artist, designer/maker and interior designer with a particular passion for textiles. For this exhibition I have focused on a body of work created using natural, eco- and rust dyeing techniques, which I have embellished with layers of appliqué, hand embroidery, Kantha stitching and beadwork.
The first part of the process involves going for extended walks in the local area to collect plants, flowers, leaves, bark, moss, nuts and berries that I can use for both natural and eco dyeing. I also keep my eye open for interesting rusted metal objects that can be used for rust dyeing.
Natural dyeing – The chosen plant life is boiled in water with either salt or vinegar to extract the natural dye which is then used to colour fabric, yarn or paper. I only use natural fabrics such as linen, cotton, wool and silk. Depending on the choice of pot used (aluminium, iron, copper or stainless steel) and the fabric selected, a wide range of colours can be produced from the same plant life.
Eco dyeing – Leaves, flowers and berries are arranged on damp fabric, before wrapping the fabric and contents tightly around a rusted metal object. The package is then placed in boiling water or steamed. When unwrapped, coloured patterns are produced on the fabric. The patterns are very defined on fabrics such as silk and more abstract on fabrics such as wool and coarse linen.
Rust dyeing – Fabric is wrapped around a range of rusted metal objects such as screws, bolts, metal plates and tubes and wrapped tightly to hold everything in place. The package is then dipped in tea and then removed to dry out overnight. When the fabric is unwrapped a range of marks and colours are left on the fabric. The results are not predictable and can vary dramatically each time.
I currently have a range of products including bespoke cushions and lampshades made using the same techniques as these artworks. These can be viewed and bought from LMB Design on Quay Street in Ulverston (Monday – Friday 1pm - 5pm)
|Sun 2 Apr - Sat 1 Jul 2017||10:00 to 17:00|
Turn off the A590 into Hart St. Go about 500 yds and turn right into?Ford Park Crescent, not into Poplar Grove which has a large sign for Ford Park at this junction. Look for signs to St Mary's Hospice and Hoad Hill. Upon entering Ford Park Crescent you can see the entrance to the park dead ahead. Drive through the entrance and to the top of the field, the car park is opposite the natural play area.?The Coach House is a short walk from this car park, about 50 yds.
: 1 mile from Ulverston station
- Baby changing facilities
- Disabled toilets
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups