Foraged Colour is an Arts-Council funded project that will investigate local, sustainable, and contemporary garment production. Linda Row has been involved with sustainable clothing and textile production since 1997 and this project is a development of her vision of fashion as a closed-loop, sustainable industry using locally grown and foraged materials for dyeing yarn and utilising local production. The project will address the issues surrounding fast fashion and the energy rich transport system of global fashion.
The starting point will be hand-dying wool with natural dye colours made from locally foraged plants and fungi. The wool will be sourced from British sheep and spun in the United Kingdom. Four textile artists; Gill Hewitt, Eve Kumari, Penny Wheeler and Frances Westerduin, will create unique, handmade woven and non-woven textiles from the dyed wool. Linda Row will design and construct garments from these artisan textiles.
An exhibition of the pieces created will be touring in 2021. The exhibition will show audiences the surprising range of materials that can be sustainably foraged to create colour using traditional dyeing practices in a modern context. It will also encourage conversations on themes such as climate change, localism, embodied energy, ethical consumption and sustainability.
Workshops to accompany the exhibition will offer examples of eco-dyeing and up-cycling; extending the concept of foraging to include used items in charity shops. The diverse venues for the workshops include Aberglasney Gardens, Oxfam Superstore, Westonbirt Arboretum and zero waste shops.
Image above: Woven fabric by Penny Wheeler
Image below left: Dress fabric by Frances Westerduin, construction by Linda Row