This project is part of Ceres Artists in Residence at The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA).
The aim of the residency was to use objects from MoDA's collection as a
starting point for exploration of natural prints and dyes with the aim of
raising the awareness of sustainability in design research.
Design inspired by 'Geometric design in beige, brown, orange and red, 1933' from MoDa's archive collection.
My Geo design is a response to the 1933 textile design. The geometric shapes depict the rhythm of an imaginary and stylised cityscape.
The silk was pre-mordanted with alum and dyed with carrots tops giving a pale yellow background colour.
The repeat pattern was screen-printed in two colours. The two colours, blue and orange were produced with plants extracts including indigo, madder, buckhorn and citric acid.
The photos show the final printed repeat pattern design and its different printing stages.
After all the layers were printed, the fabric design was steamed and washed.
In this example we notice the final colours obtained are lighter and more contrasted than in their printed stage. They stand out more on the pale yellow background.