2013 Pickhurst Junior Academy

2013 Pickhurst Junior Academy

[mine] creative space and art gallery is delighted to be working in partnership with the academy on this unique and diverse project which provides the children with learning experiences that are strategic, conceptual and practical in nature by engaging them in creative and commercial endeavours which have an important focus on eco-conscious issues and approaches such as ethical sourcing and fair trading.

Project Aim
Working with London based textile designer Rebecca Desnos, the children have produced a selection of scarves and wooden beaded necklaces to exhibit and sell at an art gallery in Carlshalton called ‘Mine’.

Ethos
We will be working in an “eco-conscious” or “eco-friendly” way, thinking about our impact on the environment.

We will be using natural, sustainably sourced materials. “Sustainably sourced” means that the materials have been produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

The scarves will be made from organic cotton fabric. Organic cotton has been grown without the use of any pesticides or other chemicals. This is kinder to the environment and safer for the farmers.

The fabric is fair trade. This means that everyone involved in the entire production process has been treated well and paid a fair price for their work. This includes the farmers growing and harvesting the cotton, and the workers that manufacture the raw cotton into fabric.

The scarves will be dyed using indigo dye. The deep blue colour is extracted from the leaves of certain plants. Indigo is one of the oldest textile dyes and is still in common use. The original jeans produced by Levi’s in the late nineteenth century were dyed with indigo.
 
The wooden beads will be dyed with a variety of other plant dyes. We will dissolve the natural dye powders in warm water and soak the beads in the dye baths. The wooden beads are naturally porous and will absorb the colours.
 
Techniques
We will dye the scarves using a variety of traditional techniques to that can be grouped together and called shibori. Many of these techniques originate from Japan.

Shibori or tie-dyeing involves binding, tying or compressing the fabric before dyeing, to produce a range of different patterns. The dye cannot reach the parts of fabric that have been tied, so some parts of the fabric remain undyed. The finished piece of fabric will have a pattern with a combination dyed and undyed areas. Different patterns can be produced with different binding techniques.

These techniques are also called resist dyeing. We will use methods to “resist” or prevent the dye from reaching all the fabric, to create patterns.

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Mono printing project
Working with Carshalton artist and sculptor Abel Kesteven, a resident at [mine] creative space and art gallery the children have been learning about and producing mono prints on an ecological theme with leaves.

Monoprints are known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques; it is essentially a printed painting. The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. The beauty of this medium is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing media.

A selection of the monoprints made by the children will be on display in the gallery durinig the week.

We hope you will come and support the children and we look forward to welcoming you to the gallery.

Schools information
[mine] creative space and art gallery would be very keen to discuss opportunities for working with local schools and colleges on similar projects. Please call Andrew on 0220 8647 1800 for more information.

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