New Work Harvested

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I’ve yet to write about the fact that I opened a new studio this summer (I will soon!) but am skipping ahead to share some new work using flowers harvested from the studio dye garden. Back in May I planted Dyer’s Coreopsis, Dyer’s Camomile, Sumac, Hollyhocks, Woad, Madder, Weld, Lady’s Bedstraw, Angelica and Meadowsweet and 3 months later I got to use the first crop of flowers in an ecoprinting project.   I’d dyed some silk scarves using shibori resist … Read More

Interview: Helen Melvin

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Helen Melvin is a textile artist creating landscapes in felt, the fibres for which she colours herself in natural dyes mainly grown in her own working dye garden. Over the last twenty years she has evolved her own unique style which is created not only by the way she felts using fabrics and fibres but also by her unique use of sustainable dyes. Helen works with the ancient techniques of feltmaking and natural dyeing in a modern contemporary way which … Read More