|Some of the London linen thread was naturally dyed|
using madder root also grown in London
Flax sown, grown and processed in London by many different people of all ages was handed to the students and knitting technicians at the London College of Fashion to design and make a London linen garment. The brief was to reflect all the people who took part in the project. The students designed and knitted a vest showing the lovely variations in the thread – like all the lovely variations in the people who made it. A huge thankyou to ALL the amazing people who helped envision, grow and co-create this textile journey, especially Kate Poland from Cordwainers Garden for her "LIVE" garden network.
Society Secret Sunday Show on 1st March.
|Flax beds being prepared at The London College of Fashion, Mare street with the help of Cordwainers Garden, Permablitz London, students & staff at LCF during spring last year|
|Flax grown at Brockwell Park|
|Flax being harvested |
Community Greenhouses 2014
|Christine Rowe demonstrated drop spindling for fine linen threads with school children in East London. Christine was inspired to learn more about drop-spindling after being invited to research a project on Egyptian Coptic (one needle) knitting|
|the finer flax fibres after |
they have been scutched.
Cassie Liversidge http://cassieliversidge.com
organised flax growing and processing
with several East London schools
inspiring children to learn that some of their clothes are made from plants
|a primary school child tries |
in processing plant fibres
to make thread
|Aaron Fletcher demonstrates spinning|
flax on a spinning wheel to obtain
with primary school children
allowing them all to have a go too
|Aaron's winged footwear deserves a mention|
sure it helped to inspire the children to see the magical transformation from plant to fibre to garment and their part in that
|Kate Poland and Zoë Burt give a talk about |
Growing a London Garment at the London Permaculture Festival
.."each morning webs appear on earth as magical as the dew drops that cover them...In all myth the art of interlocking thread originated in the divine world and this is why some small mistake must be integrated into the pattern to remind us of life's imperfections"And she'd had lucky eyes and a high heart,
...asked by a monastic, “What is Buddha?” Dongshan said, “Three pounds of flax.” The monastic had a realization and bowed.
And wisdom that caught fire like the dried flax,
At need, and made her beautiful and fierce,
Sudden and laughing.
William Butler Yeats
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