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Claire Wellesley-Smith

Madder Workshop Friday 25th October 2019 11am-3pm

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  • Image of Madder Workshop Friday 25th October 2019 11am-3pm

Explore the history of the madder plant and its impact as a dye in this practical workshop at Elmfield Hall, Accrington. You will learn about the properties of the plant using fresh madder root grown on site to create mordant prints and dyes and will take away a selection of samples on locally woven cotton.

Madder was a significant dye in this part of Pennine Lancashire, used in Turkey red dyeing and printing. Elmfield Hall is the former home of Frederick Albert Gatty (1819-1888) and is also the site of his personal dye laboratory which will be open as part of the British Textile Biennial. Claire has been Artist in Residence at Community Solutions North West, based at Elmfield Hall, since 2016. Her project ‘Local Colour’ works with the community collating an archive related to local stories and the heritage of the site. The history of the local dyeing and printing industry feeds into creative work and the development of a community textile garden on site.

This workshop is part of the first British Textile Biennial in October. The British Textile Biennial throws a spotlight on the nation’s creation, innovation and expression in textiles against the backdrop of the impressive infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire. With its epic mills, grandiose civic architecture along the country’s longest waterway, the Leeds Liverpool Canal, the landscape tells the story of textiles. This biennial festival celebrates that story while showcasing its contemporary expression with the community that has textiles in its DNA.