#CreateToRelate – Solar Jars on IGTV

Tomorrow, the wonderful Ross Belton will give an introductory workshop on creating your own solar dyes! The video will go on the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft’s IGTV tomorrow (Thursday) at 6pm UK, and will the post stay up there for you to refer to at any time. This is part of the museum’s…

Colour From Your Kitchen

It’s Summer… and the Studio 21 artists have an exhibition at the Well House Gallery. The Gallery will be open throughout the weekend and seven artists will be talking about their work throughout the 2 day event. Ross will kick start the weekend on Saturday morning with ‘Colour From Your Kitchen’.  Using common ingredients from an…

The Art of the Bundle

Sitting on the sofa watching the other half of Modern Eccentrics wrap his bundles before they are submerged in the dye pot, I was struck by how beautiful these transient objects are. They’re seen by no one as they are just part of the process, so we’ve decided to share some of our bundle images…

The Quest for Darkness – achieving Black with Natural Dyes

I hadn’t realised that some people found it difficult to achieve a depth of black in natural dyed fabrics, until I was showing some of my WIP samples to fellow makers. I’ve previously managed to achieve lovely greys by using rusted wire on silk, before natural dyeing, in two separate processes. With the fabric I…

Sainsbury’s Frozen Summer Fruits

While trying to sort out dinner, something that I always seems to be doing, I stubbled across Sainsbury’s Frozen Summer Fruits on special offer. I’ve dyed with blackberries before and I wondered what colour summer fruits (a mix of raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants & redcurrants) would yield. Preparing the natural dye pot for the berries is similar…

Eco printing with Natural Dyes

This our first look at some of the work that @spottedhyenas is creating. We have tried to outline the processes, illustrating them as a visual tutorial. These techniques have developed through trial and error and is based on what has worked for us. The end result is two beautiful scarves, with related but individual patterns. Here’s…