Forest Petal exhibition

Exhibition in the Triangle gallery at Chelsea College of Art: February 2016.

Exhibition in Chelsea Cafe Gallery: Summer 2016

Research exploring screen printing with natural dye extracts. An ongoing project; to consider some different, more sustainable and environmental practices in the print and dye workshop.

The hanging fabric scrolls are workbooks showing different dye mixtures and concentrations. Dye colours may change depending upon the type of fabric they have been printed onto.

Natural dye scrolls
Natural dye scrolls
Natural dye scrolls

In the cabinet are experimental prints; undertaken to understand how the natural dyes react to each other, to the fabric, and to different chemicals.


Eight natural dye extracts have been used in this work; cutch, madder, weld, lac, chloropyllin, fustic, logwood and brazilwood.

Fabric was mordanted prior to printing with either alum or aluminium acetate.

Each dye extract has been given a unique print design; this allows the dominant dye extract to be identified in an experimental sample.

Colour can be altered by additions of other natural dyes, or by using colour modifiers, for example:
Iron – saddens and darkens
Citric acid – brightens or discharges
Cream of tartar – brightens and lightens.

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