‘Natural Selection’ – A Taster

Tomorrow we will be setting off at an ungodly hour and heading for the National Exhibition Centre to deliver Ross’ work for ‘Natural Selection‘, an exhibition of nine artists whose work is based in a sense of place and who use found, recycled and re-purposed objects as their resources. ‘Natural Selection features nine artists from…

Mandalas

Ross has been having a very busy period in the run up to Christmas. He has continued to run the winter dates of the natural dyeing course ‘Nature’s Palette’ at Stepney City Farm and our mark making and homemade brushes at Cass in Islington, both of which concluded this week. At the same time, he…

Nature’s Palette Winter Course

I can’t believe that we haven’t had a chance to blog anything in September. We’ve been busy delivering our Botanical Inks & Homemade Brushes and Mark Making Artbook workshops at CassArt in Islington and started delivering our first natural dyeing course ‘Nature’s Palette’ at Stepney City Farm. There wasn’t a day in the month when…

Looking forward – Summer Tasters at the Stepney City Farm

It’s been a busy couple of week since our last post. We have run our first Mark Making workshops at CassArt Islington. The first part looks at making natural Botanical Inks and homemade Brushes from recycled materials and the second continues the mark making and then looks at techniques such as paper folding and coptic…

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…