Eve Studd: Natural Dyer, Eco Printer, Tutor, Horticulturalist, Textile ArtistFrancescaPalange
I am a natural dyer and eco printer, growing almost all the plants I use in my wildlife friendly garden on the border between England and Scotland. The colours of the local landscape are my inspiration – rock, sea and sky – I have a lot of those up here! The local geology is very varied, influencing the soils and plants and some of the different characteristics can be easily seen on the coastline. Ancient and traditional dyeplants grow in the garden, many of which are supportive of wildlife being either native wild flowers such as Weld or having a flower structure that is good for pollinators for example Dyer’s Chamomile. I work at home using traditional techniques to fix the colours to the fibres and most of these processes benefit from a generous addition of time – steeping, soaking, brewing, simmering.
The climate here on the eastern side of the UK tends to be slightly cooler and fairly dry; plants grow well but a few need a little extra protection in the winter compared with the south of the country. Other dye plants such as Sweet Cicely seem to prefer it up here. I work with natural wool fleece sourced from the UK, most of it local to my area and I print on a variety of fabrics, experimenting but favouring colours and techniques that are reliable. Upcycled vintage fabric is starting to play a part in my work too. I also weave using the naturally dyed fleece and yarn on a Brinkley loom and a peg loom, enjoying the wonderful fleecy textures. A soft peg loomed fleecy bedside mat under your feet on a cold winter morning is very comforting indeed.
The theme underlying my work is that of re-connection – with the land, with the natural world and ultimately ourselves. I want to remind everybody about the richness, abundance and vitality that surrounds us, seemingly unseen in our too busy modern lives and I see these qualities reflected in the delightful unpredictablity of the colours obtained. As I immerse my fibres in a dyepot, I immerse myself in other worlds.
I sell my work at local events (sometimes further afield too) and offer workshops teaching all these skills. Courses can usually be designed to meet your requirements.
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