My current textile practice explores the use of eco printing, a simple and natural process where I wrap luxurious natural fabrics with vegetation then heat these bundles to extract colour directly from the organic material. As my work has develope I’ve identified which local plants give substantive prints vibrant colour that lasts even with repeated washing. Since the summer of 2017 I’ve added organic indigo into the eco printing equation.
The fabrics that I use include silk, handmade felt, locally woven lambswool (from Cushendale Woollen Mills), locally woven linen wool/silk and linen/viscose (from Emblem Weavers) as well as vintage Japanese kimono silk, vintage French linen and up-cycled clothing. In addiction to one off exhibition pieces my range for 2018 includes eco printed scarves, cowls, ties, tunics and wall hangings.