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Brief Published: 27 Sep 2013

LDF 2013: Water-Colour by Katherine May


Seen at last week’s London Design Festival, the Water-Colour exhibition by UK-based maker Katherine May raises awareness of excessive water use in textile industries by engaging visitors with the heritage method of indigo dyeing.

Workshops throughout the week allowed visitors to take part in the process by dipping fabric pieces into the large indigo dye vats. The pieces of cloth were strung up to dry in the gallery’s atrium, highlighting the graded effect created as the dye bath slowly became exhausted. The dyed fabrics were then transformed into tactile handmade quilts.

As water scarcity increases, ancient natural dyeing methods are being recalled as the imperative grows for practitioners to find alternatives to toxic processes. For more on this, see our industry trend Design Democracy: Slow, and our Spring/Summer 2015 design direction Studio.

Water-Colour runs until October 13 2013 at the Precinct. Look out for our full coverage of the London Design Festival, coming soon.