I am a textile artist living in the Isle of Man. I live on a farm which provides plenty of inspiration and resources for my craft. I am a mixed media artist and love to experiment but I do have a particular love for working with plant dyed fibres. The dyes are prepared using the vast amount of material in my forest garden. The garden is primarily a wildlife refuge but also supplies abundant food, medicines and photographic opportunities.
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Wednesday, 8 August 2012
The Ramsey Gardening Club kindly asked me back again to do a talk. this time based on natural dyeing. I brought along, as always, many pieces of my dyed felt projects for everyone to look at and feel. It was a very pleasant evening. I had my Rainforest hanging with me and described how it was worked. I did not felt this work but gathered together many plant dyed wools, this time mostly dyed with ivy and snowberry branches, leaves and berries. I also used chiffons, organza, metallic braids and other fibres which I then tacked down onto a wool fabric background. I had picked up some hanks of dark brown wool thread which I opened up at the top and bottom and spread out to resemble branches and roots. The whole lot was then loosely tacked and then machine stitched with hand stitched embellishments. above is a further detail of Rainforest