Foraged colour is an example of sustainable, closed-loop creation with zero air miles. Foraging for materials is our starting point for change. Our aim is to pushing the boundaries of place and what can be sourced locally, delivering examples of sustainable textiles. It will resonate with the current discourse about biodiversity, climate change, re-use and upcycling.
Through the investigation of natural dye plants and fungi that are readily available in the UK, the aim of the project is to create contemporary textiles and garments to exemplify the abundance of colour and natural resources around us. The starting point was to source British wool, which was dyed with foraged plants and woven into unique pieces of cloth by four textile artists. This was followed by experiments with foraged plants and food waste, for printing onto textiles, woven in the UK.
Artists: Linda Row, Eve Kumari, Gill Hewitt , Penny Wheeler and Frances Westerduin will collaborate on this project.