Since childhood, I have always been fascinated by the texture of fabric and its ability to be embellished, coloured and manipulated to create different forms and shapes. After studying conventional methods of dyeing at college, a life threatening illness led me to question the relative toxicity of the chemicals needed and I turned to plant and mineral colours, although the mordants used with these also have to be handled carefully. What I appreciated most was the unpredictability of natural dyes, their subtlety of colour and the alchemy involved. Besides, these dyes had evolved traditionally from earth, rocks and plants and the whole process of extracting their colours is more natural and exciting.

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There are a number of interesting articles, exhibitions and courses currently available that you may find inspiring.

Dyeing Now: Contemporary Makers celebrate Ethel Mairet’s Legacy

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Studio 11 in Eastbourne

Interesting textile courses and regular drawing/painting classes

1 year of stitches 2017

A year of daily stitch-making to be recorded weekly on Facebook or Instagram