This summer’s first Advanced Textile Workshop exhibition is open at the South London Botanical Institute this weekend. The show is made up of works inspired by two of the Institute’s projects ‘Botany on your Plate’ and ‘Plant Recording for All Ages’, and is interspersed throughout the ground floor and gardens. Each artist has responded in uniquely different ways to the projects: from the life of the institute’s founder Alan Octavian Hume, the early development of botanical knowledge and misunderstanding to lost ancient biodegradable artefacts and the emotional significance of Victorian floral classification. The works encompass a wild variety of techniques including natural dyes, cyanotype, multi-media and natural installations.
‘The Advanced Textiles Workshop at Morley College, have developed insightful research exploring strands of textiles and botany and their entwined connections in a myriad of ways. It is exciting to have this opportunity to showcase these new works at SLBI and celebrate the continuing heritage between Textiles and Botany’ Zoë Burt
The SLBI is open this weekend (17th and 18th of June) from 10 am – 4 pm. On Saturday there will be a Botanical afternoon tea from 2 – 4pm, with the Artists on hand to discuss their work and thought-processes. On Sunday the garden and house will be open with plant sales, together with our Garden Café and the Morley Advanced Textiles Exhibition (part of the Open Garden Squares event). The artists with work on display are Tamar Balakjian, Ross Belton, Zoë Burt, Sheila Dainow, Linda Litchfield, Virginia Tuck, Julie Turner, Caroline Walker, Tess Whiting, Marilyn Williams and Wolfgang Woerner.
Text and images © Jonathan Dredge.