Daily photos of the dyeing in progress will be on the Objectspace facebook page
It is a very minimalist exhibition, just three wallhangings but it is a lovely gallery with really nice natural light and the work can be seen through the window of the gallery even when it is closed.
|Bitter Harvest before dyeing on day 1|
|Start of dyeing day 1 - red and yellow mixed to make scarlet|
|The dye starts to separate|
|End of day 2|
My work investigates the relationship between commerce, the environment and the damaging effects of ‘the race to the bottom’, where the consumer and importer demand the lowest price and the manufacturer is forced to cut corners to secure a profit.
Water treatment is expensive and rivers in textile manufacturing countries, run blue or pink or turquoise with waste-water run-off from the textile industry. The dyes are so strong that it is possible to predict fashionable colours for the seasons ahead by looking at Googlearth.
Cotton fabric and thread, spice racks, metal bowls, polystyrene cups, fabric dye, wheat, barley, rice.
Size: 1.5m wide X 2m high