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2019-05-07T11:33:02Z (GMT) by Florence Hawkins
<div>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.<br></div><div><br></div>Design inspired by 'A46 Zig zag design' by Enid Marx for R.D.I London Transport, 1945.<div><br></div><div><div>I started this design by carving it into a linoleum plate, then transferred it as a repeat pattern onto a film for screen printing, keeping the original mark makings from the linoleum.<br></div></div><div><br></div><div>The linen was dyed in carrot tops prior to printing, giving a pale yellow background colour.</div><div><br></div><div>The design was screen printed with dye pastes made from bio-waste and plant extracts. The first main layer was screen-printed with chlorophyll overprinted with soda ash, the zig zag with weld, the medium size squares with avocado stones and pomegranate skins, the small squares with buckhorn (yellow), cutch (beige/brown) and elderberries (grey).</div><div><br></div><div>The photo show the final printed repeat pattern design as well as the different printing stages before that. </div><div><br></div><div>After steaming and washing, the printed colours appear more vivid, especially the weld that turned bright yellow and the combination chlorophyll/ soda ash which reveal a minty colour. The small squares with cutch and soda ash are more visible whilst the medium squares printed with avocado and pomegranate remain pale.</div>