Previously exhibited at Rewild Ilford (August/September 2022) and Festival of Natural Fibres (October 2022).
A long piece, part of my concept of wearable art, 144cm x 38cm, would look beautifully as a long wall hanging, but you can also wrap it around like a scarf or shawl.
I have created this piece as a love response to the green urban spaces that nurture our souls, specially Wanstead Park for this particular work.
A light and textural weave, with inlays and supplemental warp threads. All colour from nature: organic Indigo, walnut, alder cones, dock seeds, weld, nettle, lichen.
The lovely farm that supplies my wool is Regenerative, GM free, Grass fed (no grains), High Welfare certified as well as EOV (Ecological Outcome Verification) verified. In a nutshell, this means that instead of depleting the soil, they improve it.
Both warp and weft are naturally dyed. The warp consists of 3 different warps, dyed individually to create a unique variegation. The wool has been hand dyed in my kitchen and the water from the exhaust dye baths goes back into the soil and any remaining plant material into our garden compost bin.
My patterns are always asymmetrical, always intuitive, never following a pre-made recipe. All the items are unique and I will never weave two identical ones.
Hand washing and drying flat is recommended. The fabric will soften up with wash. As with any delicate handmade item, it is recommended to be gentle when handling, especially if they feature textural elements.
Natural dyes are PH sensitive, therefore they must be washed with PH neutral soap (I use Ecover Delicate of which I have tested the PH myself).
Please note that natural dyes look different depending on the light. Photos taken outdoors on a bright day. Also please note that even though I did my best to take an accurate photo of the colour, it can differ from screen to screen.