Spring has arrived. Photographs taken at the allotment and in the community dye garden.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Photographs taken this weekend in my studio, backyard and allotment.
There was just a slight shift in the air today that made me think of Spring. The cycles of growth and renewal and all the repetitions that accompany them are about to start again. Sowing, planting, nurturing, processing, dyeing and stitching.
'Repetition changes nothing in the object repeated, but does change something in the mind which contemplates it.' Gilles Deleuze
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
I've spent the first couple of weeks of 2014 working on some new pieces of work, and sorting out my diary for the first half of 2014.
2013 was a very busy year for me. I continued to co-ordinate two long-term, lottery funded, projects for Hive exploring the use of natural colour and the impact of these activities on wellbeing and connections to heritage. In addition, I delivered natural dyeing sessions in Universities, which included work for The Crysalis Project, a European Union funded project exploring the revival of tradition in textiles.
This year I am continuing to do community based work, teach dyeing and stitching workshops from my home studio and for the first time I am teaching outside the UK. I am delighted to have been asked to lead a 5 day workshop for Les Souers Anglaises at their beautiful venue in South West France in May. Slow Colour and Stitch will use the gardens around the workshop venue as inspiration for naturally dyed, hand-stitched textile projects. There are a few spaces left so if you are interested in taking part please click here for more information.
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Monday, January 06, 2014
A much needed visit to our allotment this week blew away some cobwebs and allowed some time for dead-heading and clearing, making space for new growth. Cutting back the dye plants left me with an armful of dried out dyer's chamomile and the impetus for some dyeing.
This time of year with cold short days tends to mean indoor stitch and cloth based activity, both at home and work. Using the plants when in flower and full of colour seems right during the Spring and Summer, less so in January. Still, I did feel the need to add dye to cloth so into the pot it all went.
Out of season plants create quiet colours. They sit well with the low light and slow growth of mid-winter but can still remind me of their vibrant potential when in full bloom.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I'm having a few quieter days after a busy term of teaching, studying, writing, making and the whirlwind of a family Christmas. Thank you for continuing to read, comment and support my work and this blog in 2013. I'm looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings and to continuing to share some of it here. A very happy New Year to you all.