The river, natural dyes on regeneratively farmed British wool, 72 x 39 cm
Back in my possession after being exhibited at Kingshill House (last photo illustrates my work during the ‘Nature, our environment’ exhibition).
A lightly woven work, with a lovely flow in shade and pattern, an abstract interpretation of the flow of water but not only. All colour from nature.
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 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. The warp consists of 4 warps dyed individually to create a unique variegation.
Dyes used: organic indigo, British grown weld, cochineal and locally foraged nettle
My patterns are always asymmetrical, always intuitive, never following a pre-made pattern. All the items are unique and I will never weave two identical ones.
Hand washing and drying flat is recommended. 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. 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.