Sketchbook; MA in Academic practice

Drawings, colour research, snippets of fabrics, dyed samples, screen-print offcuts; accumulated, straying, intermingling, forging unplanned partnerships. Free range, awaiting the organisation and ruthless culling of the sketchbook. Designs are married to colours and fabrics, tests are written up in best handwriting, and experiments form logical sequences.

Dyeing small samples in local dyes;

Pomegranate skin (Brixton market)

Woad (Flo’s garden)

Red onion skin (Twickenham farmers market)

Testing dyeing techniques and fabrics with local dyes:

Pomegranate skin (Brixton market)

Red onion skin (Twickenham farmers market)

Madder (Nature’s rainbow)

Avocado pits (Brixton market)

Dye research using overlapping stripes

Day out with Sarah Burns of Pattermakers. Learning resist printing with River Adur mud, and block printing techniques.

Drawing to design development. Using collage to show shapes and patterns emerge from the drawings, and become natural dye-print ideas.

Dyes of known provenance.

Cut-paper stencil design representing the origins of the dye colour.

Researching overprints and modifiers on cotton, wool, silk, and linen.

Paper stencils used for screen-printing the booklets of dye provenance.

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