This year at The NewBridge Project, artist Katie Pollard is running a growing project to create a mini dye garden as a shared resource for NewBridge members and the local community. This project centres practice of Degrowth, respecting slow, natural processes of growth and care, in line with For Solidarity‘s current themes.
Volunteers planted a range of dye plants from seed in April and have since shared responsibilities in nurturing these seedlings, gathering each week, getting their hands in the soil, sharing conversation, food and knowledge. Volunteers have been involved in seed propagation, planting and re-potting, compost mixing and watering plants.
Dyers Coreopsis, Dyers Chamomile, Yellow Cosmos, Dahlia, French Marigolds, Hopi Sunflower, Japanese Indigo, Purple Pincushion flower and Madder have been planted. Colour can be extracted from all of these plants in a variety of different ways for use with natural materials. This includes textiles such as cotton, linen, hemp, silk, and wool as well as other materials such as paper, wood, shells, reeds, etc. The potential outputs are equally varied and can be in the form of dyes, drawing inks, paints, screen and block printing inks, direct contact printing and more.