My first job after university was as a colourist for a design consultancy just off Bermondsey Street London. Initially I was to be there for 2 weeks but 2 weeks turned into 6 years. During my degree at Winchester School of Art I honed skills in dyeing and I was able to recreate and colour match any hue.
Over the years I continued to dye fabrics but increasingly became reluctant to handle and work with synthetic dyes and chemicals. Even with a mask and rubber gloves this was not enough protection. The natural dyeing workshop with Kathryn Davey became available, the perfect opportunity to fall in love with dyeing again!
The workshop took place at the studio of the photographer Kristin Perers on Columbia Road. An inspiring area with independent shops and cafes and of course the flower market on a Sunday. A small group of Creatives came together to experiment for a few hours. The studio had the most wonderful light and had a feeling of calm, the perfect environment for learning something new.
Kathryn took us through the stages, and gave technical information on measurements, and equipment needed. It was wonderful seeing what can be achieved with Hibiscus Tea, Black Tea, Avocado stones and tumeric.
I have continued to experiment since the work shop and hoping to introduce some accessories to compliment the pieces knitted with pre-dyed yarn.