Journey: the rePrint & the negative

In many ways, Ross’ fascination for Japan informs his work as much as the influence of his African childhood. Concepts such as Wabi-sabi and Kintsugi have each inspired collections and installations, and classic texts such as ‘How to Wrap Five Eggs’ continue to inspire him.  There are distinct overlaps in the concept of craft from…

moderneccentrics at the Duke of Cambridge

We are teaming up with the guys at the Duke of Cambridge, Britain’s first Organic Pub in Islington to bring you a morning of learning, creating (and eating), with a series workshops based around our artistic practice. There are four to choose from, running from from 10am – 2.30pm. Each £20 ticket includes a workshop…

Natural Dyeing Course with Jenny Dean

Applications are now open for the 2022 Natural Dyeing Course at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, with renowned expert Jenny Dean, supported by our very own Ross Belton. This is the fourth time this incredibly popular course has run, and this year it will consist of 6 ‘in person’ Sundays at the Museum and…

‘Still life’ at the Leicester Contemporary

Our first show together as moderneccentrics is now open at the Leicester Contemporary Gallery and we are so thrilled. After a busy week getting everything together, plus working through a few last minute hitches, the show opened on Friday night with over 300 visitors by close of day yesterday. The space is incredible and Steve…

Summer Events Calendar – The Nomadic Dye Garden and Nave Gallery.

As we continue through the summer, our events and courses continue in the Nomadic Dye Garden. Our August Natural Dyeing Summer School has sold out and we continue to teach in the garden on Thursdays. Other than that, things are quieter in the build up to our Open September, more information to follow. This page…

Spring has Sprung

With the weather improving (24° this afternoon!) and our obligations to the Contemporary Textile Fair complete, it’s full steam ahead at the Nomadic Dye Garden. With the COVID restrictions being relaxed, the garden will be opening May Day Bank Holiday weekend. We have such a great opportunity this year as the garden has been expanded…

Groundbreaking (Florals for Spring)

Much like the daffodils, we are finally emerging from hibernation and planning our spring and summer. As you can see, things have developed at the Nomadic Dye Garden over the winter months and we have been able to build on all the things we put in place last year. With the success of our Open…

Roots: Deborah Pawle

Deborah weaves, hand stitches, dyes with plant material, works with driftwood and other natural materials, as well as making more practical items. She creates woven and hand stitched fabrics using slow and thoughtful ways of working, immersing herself in the making in an intuitive and mainly unplanned way, the pieces reflecting her love of the…

Roots: Emi Fujisawa

My name is Emi Fujisawa, I am a Japanese textile artist based in Oxfordshire with a background in textile design, and interests in hand weaving and other textile techniques, natural dyeing and pottery. My philosophy is based on the proverb from Confucius that says, “We can learn new things from the past”. Strongly inspired by…

Roots: Julienne Hanson

All life comes from the sea. The strand is littered with seaweed uprooted by the tides, having lost their rocky holdfasts. Sea urchins ripped from the rocks are deposited as skeletons on the tideline. Using a repertoire of locks and tops sourced from local producer Jane Dryden at Home Farm Wensleydales and seaweed gathered from…

Roots: Liz Hewitt

Liz is inspired by nature especially the relationship between trees and humanity prompted research into the Celtic mythology of trees and the core the belief that man must live in harmony with nature. Her work draws on this and focuses on how trees can sustain us, both physically and spiritually. Since being diagnosed with Chronic…