Natural Dyeing at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

This year, I was lucky enough to be accepted on the first Jenny Dean natural dyeing course at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. The Museum itself houses a collection consisting of the work of artists and craftspeople who were based in the village, including calligrapher Edward Johnston (responsible for the typeface used by…

Eco-dyeing Taster

Better late than never, here are some photos from the eco-dyeing taster workshop, held at the Contmporary Textile Fair, the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington. Using a very generous bundle of eucalyptus (from Saffron Flowers, Columbia Road Flower Market), donated onion skins from Tamar Balakjian and some past their sell-by date ‘Mother’s Day’ roses, we set…

Looking Forward: Contemporary Textiles Fair

It’s all stations go here, as we prepare for the Contemporary Textiles Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington this weekend. Ross has been preparing for his second site specific open-air installation (the first being ‘Nest‘ at the South London Botanical Institute last year), and for the past few months, he has been natural-dyeing and…

Twine at Twilight

Last night’s Twine at Twilight at the Chelsea Physic Garden was an ‘evening to celebrate the world of plant-based fabrics’  and formed part of the CPG’s programme of events to celebrate ‘Weaves & Leaves’, which continues through 2017. With live music, from harpist Felix von Spreckelsen, Layla Tutt and Bromide, roaming interactive theatre by Studio Cultivate and…

Roots, Shoots & Leaves

The busy summer for us continues, with Ross exhibiting in ‘Roots, Shoots & Leaves‘, the new exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted, running from the 18th of July to the 5th of August. This the the second exhibition organised by From the Earth (this time in conjunction with the Upstairs Gallery), exploring a wide variety…

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…

Open Submission Season

Lots of exhibitions and shows appear to have closing dates around the same time, the time being now. So we’ve been looking at what @spottedhyenas has been up to, and I’ve been photographing our favourite pieces and works in progress so we’ve a good set of images for promotion. Some of the ideas @spottedhyenas is exploring…

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…