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…

No Serial Number

Launching next week is the summer issue of No Serial Number magazine, featuring a six page feature on Ross and his artistic practice. In the interview he discusses his textile journey, starting with Creative and Experimental Textiles, an evening course run by Debby Brown at Morley College, to where he is today. One of his key…

Looking forward – Transient

transient | ˈtranzɪənt | adjective lasting only for a short time; impermanent. • staying or working in a place for a short time only: the transient nature of the migrant labour. Opening on the 30th of May, PRISM, the international exhibiting group, will be returning to the Hoxton Arches with their new exhibition ‘Transient’. Each artist has…

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…

A Great Weekend

Well that was a very hectic week! After months of preparation, we headed down to the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington on Thursday morning with our friend, Wolfgang Woerner, an honorary member of moderneccentrics for the weekend. With 117m of rusted and naturally dyed recycled hotel sheets, we were all ready to set up ‘Journey’,…

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…

Artefact: Adornment

Prism is returning to the Hoxton Arches (just round the corner from the Geffrye Museum) for Part 2 of ‘Another View’. This follows Part 1 which was exhibited at the RBSA in May, to great acclaim and visitor numbers. The exhibition promises a great variety of approaches, reflecting the breadth of contemporary textile practice, from…

The Curiosity Project at the Garden Museum

‘Elias Ashmole acquired his collection from two gardeners: John Tradescant, father and son. The Tradescants were no ordinary gardeners; they were employed by the wealthy Earl of Salisbury. The Tradescants voyaged overseas, travelling the known world and shipping back new and exotic plant specimens for the Earl’s gardens. In the course of their travels they…

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…

Looking Forward – PRISM at the RBSA

In 2017, PRISM will be showing their new exhibition ‘Another View’ in two venues – at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in the May and again at Hoxton Arches in the October. Although using the same title, a different selection of work will be on show at each venue. This is the first time PRISM have exhibited…