All Blues Night at the William Morris Gallery & Indigo in Paris

My tenure at the William Morris Gallery, is sadly coming to an end, time to make space for a new artist in residence. Applications are now open with a closing date at the end of June. The E List have written a great article promoting the residency.

 https://issuu.com/e17_listings/docs/e-list_june_15/25?e=0/13222661 

For details of the residency are available on the WMG website 

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/get_involved/artist-in-residence?utm_source=William+Morris+Gallery+Newsletter&utm_campaign=855c637d6c-Newsletter_June_20156_1_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b8778a9d3f-855c637d6c-97057773

IMG_5274On Thursday 4 June 6.30pm until 10.30pm the gallery is hosting a fabulous blues night for their gallery late session. Food and  drink will be available and a live blues performance from three-time harmonica player of the year Errol Linton with Adam Blake and Lance Rose. I’ll be giving an indigo dye demonstration upstairs in the learning centre and you can still see my indigo sample book on display in the discovery lounge.

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This year La Bibliothèque Forney, Paris hosted a wonderful exhibition – Indigo a Blue Journey curated by Catherine Legrand. The exhibition has now moved down to Musee Bargoin, Clemont Ferrand. Here are some of the highlights.

Indigo is an invisible pigment difficult to dissolve, so preparing the dye vat requires a lot of knowledge in organic chemistry, if not alchemy. Indigo is a blue thread that links Japan to Central America, via southern China, India, the Middle East and Africa.  One colour and yet so many shades of blue! Such a variety of clothing, weaving methods, treatment and patterning techniques to transform the dyed thread or cloth into a creative garment. Binding, block printing, resist stitching, embroidering, pleating, applique, beating and quilting. Discovering the world of indigo is well worth the journey. (Extract from exhibition catalogue).

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I will be running a summer programme of indigo workshops in various venues around London. Please send your contact details if you would like to receive details of the workshops.

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