Traditional embroidery and fabric manipulation techniques were taken and expanded on to create new, contemporary fabric. Inspiration for the collection came from the geometric patterns and Scottish heritage of Antrim House, Wellington, and focused on using wool, embroidery and natural dyes, such as onion skins and gorse flowers, to create durable bags.
Natural Dye: Expanded 2012 (samples pictured below) An exploration of traditional dye techniques in a contemporary age using mordants and modifying techniques combined with a range of resists and pattern creating methods. The project focused on using waste plant material such as artichoke leaves, onion skin, Marigolds, Kowhai flowers, Gorse flowers, avocado seeds and eucalyptus leaves and using different modifiers to produce different colours in a single dye bath. Different resist techniques such as Shibori and clamping were also explored.