Thursday, 24 October 2013

Seeds of Fashion exhibition at The South London Botanical Institute, Lambeth Open

Passamenterie garland woven by Jessica Light with flax grown within the M25
on a "shift" linen dress dyed with dhalia, dyers camomile,
french marigolds, wallflowers and weld also grown in London

photo credit Marianne Wie
Cyanotype of dried flax plant
Display case showing the process from seed to flax plant, dried flax stems,  scutched stalks - woody parts removed, heckled flax - combed strands looking like hair, spun threads transformed to linen and knitted or woven to make fabric
Paintings on linen canvas by Rupert Burt

photo credit Marianne Wie
Linen "shift" dress displayed at The South London Botanical Institute
with photo series documenting the process by Camilla Regorda

photo credit Marianne Wie
Braids woven by Jessica Light
 from flax grown and processed
within the M25

photo credit Marianne Wie
Storytelling: tales of transformation through plants and textiles with
Margaret Bateson-Hill
Display shows heckling comb and drop spindle
photo credit Marianne Wie
Cyanotype on hemp silk
photo credit Marianne Wie

Seeds of Fashion book
by Camilla Regorda

photo credit Marianne Wie

Cyanotypes by Zoë Burt on bookshelves
photo credit by Marianne Wie
SLBI founded by Alan Octavian Hume
photo credit Marianne Wie

Rayon (cellulose fibre made from wood pulp) fringe made by Jessica Light with flax seed cyanotype print by Zoë Burt
photo credit Marianne Wie
Cyanotype botanicals in the herbarium on paper and fabric by Zoë Burt
photo credit Marianne Wie
Discussions in the library
Drawing flax seeds through the microscope





Jessica Light leads a tassel making workshop


Participants mark out the stitch
 inspired by the flax and hemp plant
Dr. Emma Neuberg founder of
The Slow Design School
leads a sashiko stitching talk and workshop
Naturally dyed textiles on linen,
hemp/silk cyanotype botanicals
heat transfer synthetic prints

discharge prints on organic cotton
With gracious thanks to Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses for the space, people and encouragement to grow textile related plants; Teresina at Wildfibres for supplying seed; Diane Sullock for spinning and natural dying expertise; Olga Martinez for documenting: filming and editing, Dr. Emma Neuberg for inspiration and insight from The Slow Design School; Camilla Regorda for helpful volunteering on the project and creating a bespoke Seeds of Fashion design book; Victoria Umansky for volunteering and including Seeds of fashion as a focus for her thesis; Kate Burnett for pattern cutting and making up the dress; Jessica Light for creating a couture woven passamenterie piece out of the hand-processed linen; The South London Botanical Institute for hosting the exhibition and growing flax in their garden,  Rosendale School allotments for growing flax and participating in a workshop;  Flaxland for their training; Project Dirt and  Timberland for an Earthkeeper Grant 2013
Thankyou all!