Sarah Burns has been at the forefront of the revival of local, sustainable textile production. This exhibition celebrates the simple beauty of fabrics hand made with natural dyes and colours.
Image courtesy of Sarah Burns
The show will include lengths of hand made fabrics – block printed in Burns’ workshop on the South Downs, printing table and blocks, natural dyes and pastes, plants, fruits and leaves, indigo, resists and a short film (TBC) showcasing the process Burns has pioneered in Sussex along with her partner Alice Garner.
The exhibition shares Burns' low tech process - how she make dyes from local, seasonal plants and cut my blocks and how simple textile production can make beautiful textiles that are kind to the environment.
The exhibition is a celebration of the power and beauty of nature to inspire people to look again at the soil, water, mud, fruits and flowers around them with new found awe and wonder.
The show is the culmination of a MUD Residency exploring the soils, water, mud, fruits and flowers of Devon and the River Dart and a community workshop Ground In Pattern which Sarah ran in collaboration with the Dartington Trust.
The whole project has been a fascinating exploration of how landscape, pattern & textiles interweave and connects strongly to my own pattern making and natural dyeing practice here on the South Downs.
The Art & Craft of Block Printing with Natural Dyes closes on 24 June 2023. Don't miss the chance to see the exhibition.
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