Colourfast or precarious-colour, the collecting and printing of local natural dyes as a contemplative study of beauty and change.
Pomegranate from Brixton market (Peru)
Iron-water from the garden
Printed using recycled cut-paper stencils
Buddleia and blackberries; flotsam of inner-city scrubland.
Damson and blackcurrants; sweet glut of friends allotment.
Mulberries; abundantly sticky-dropping off festooned trees.
Avocado, cabbage, pomegranate; the closing excess of market stalls.
Heritage of weld and madder; knowledge passed through centuries.
Experimental plants; harvests by myriad of artisan gardeners.
Steamed to fix the dye.
Gently hand-washed, colour-transpose revealed.
Weld, buckthorn, madder, pomegranate, iron, avocado, soda-ash, and citric, silk-screen printed on calico.
Buckthorn and cochineal; complementary and judicious use of imported dye. Rousingly singing accompaniment to the (gentler) locals.
Some colours gracefully slide from vivid to mute, others stay bold-vibrant. Design for change.