Piper .pdf

2019-06-17T10:05:31Z (GMT) by Lara Mantell

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.


Piper design
One-colour repeat, with overprinting and papercut out details.

This design produced by Lara Mantell


Piper is my response to the work of the designer John Piper; in particular a piece of fabric called Stones of Bath, manufactured by Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd. I was captivated by the depth of colour, the intensity of the pattern, and the abstract qualities of the design.

My design originated from drawings, collaged textures and mark-making. I made this into a one-colour repeat, that was further embellished by over-printing using cut-paper stencils.

The images show the design printed in three different colourways, onto hemp-silk and wool, and silk.


Far left fabric:

Silk-hemp: Red onion, Brazilwood, Chlorophyllin, Indigo, Buckthorn, Iron, and Madder.

Middle fabric:

Silk: Red onion, Iron, Brazilwood, Soda Ash, Buckthorn, Indigo, and Chlorophyllin.

Far right fabric:

Wool: Red onion, Brazilwood, Chlorophyllin, and Soda Ash.

The design is printed, steamed to fix the dye-pastes, and washed by hand.

After steaming and washing out the dye colours change in brightness and intensity.

All fabric was mordanted prior to the print process.

All the print pastes were made using combinations of bio-waste and plant extracts.