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Thursday, 26 June 2008

Student Successes!

Hi all

I wanted to pass on some great news!

Sarah Egholm from Chelsea College, who has been using Pure Tinctoria dyes in her final project, has been awarded a first class honours degree. Very well done Sarah.

Here is an image of her work, entitled "Five Ecological Windsocks" and an extract from her email:
".......Just wanted to let you know I have just graduated from Chelsea College
of Art Textile Design BA with a First Class Honours degree - and my
final project consisted of fabrics dyed with Pure-Tinctoria, to the
'no-mordant' methods you explained !

I did extensive experimentation with this method and developed two
colours I liked. I intend to do a Masters Degree later in the year and
would like to develop more shades using this method, possibly on a
large scale.

I used two colours in the end - A peach shade that was Annatto,
pre-dyed with Kango. This was then bleached out with large amounts of
lemon juice. For the final project I used something in the region of
16 litres ! The chocolate brown was Golden Dock pre-dyed with

Many Thanks,

Sarah Egholm"

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Students using Pure Tinctoria

Isn't it sad when tutors aren't very far sighted!

I've just had a message from Angelita, who did the lovely fabrics for her final cat walk show at the London College of Fashion, featured in an earlier post.

She has be told by her tutors that she needs to use a greater colour range than she has, so had to re- dye all her fabrics using synthetic dyes. It's such a pity that this student's work has not been recognised as being forward thinking. Especially in the light of the fact that at the last Trend Forecast that I went to said one of the up and coming trends was for soft, chalky shades, just like Angelina's!!
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