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Colour Alchemy @Blackwell

Frozen plant material from Blackwell's formal gardens all gathered in late October: Black eyed Susan, Lace Hydrangea, Sage, Oak leaves, Cat Mint and more plus berries (blackberries, elderberries, sloes) from the hedgerows of South Cumbria and a few old keys and rusty nails. Bundled and steamed they produced a good range of vibrant pinks, purples and natural tones on muslin samples.The bundle dye workshop was the first of four workshops producing work considering the arts and crafts of politics - the final outcome developed by myself and the Blackwell volunteers will represent the democratic philosophy that underpins the arts and crafts movement so prominent in the design of Blackwell.

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