This year at The NewBridge Project, artist Katie Pollard will be running a growing project with the intention of creating a mini dye garden as a shared resource for NewBridge members and local community. The NewBridge Dye Garden will involve the planting, growing and then harvesting of plants that will eventually produce dyes for fabric dyeing workshops.
The first step is planting the seeds! Group planting sessions will see members volunteer to get involved in the project, with food, drinks and more information on the project as a whole provided. Upcoming planting dates:
- Thursday 9 June, 10 am – 12 pm
- Thursday 16 June, 10 am – 12 pm. Both sessions will include sieving compost, potting things on into their final pots and making some supports for the madder
A range of dye plants from seed will be planted and the responsibility of looking after these as they grow will be shared. After the initial planting and re-potting sessions, the main things to take care of will be watering the plants. This project will centre practice of Degrowth, respecting slow, natural processes of growth and care, in line with For Solidarity‘s current themes.
Dyers Coreopsis, Dyers Chamomile, Yellow Cosmos, French Marigolds, Hopi Sunflower, Japanese Indigo, Purple Pincushion flower and Madder will be 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.
Some of the plants we grow will be harvested and used later in the year for community workshops, feeding into The NewBridge Project programme.
Get in touch with Katie on email@example.com for more info on the project.