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Natural dyeing today: From the historic to cutting edge - Leek Textile Week Webinar #4

Join us for the fourth in the series of insightful online talks on Wednesday 31st August, where we discuss aspects of natural dyeing. From pioneering work on developing sustainable microbial colouration for the textile industry to the rejuvenating of the arts of natural dye painting on cotton and, to the farming of indigo, its extraction and dying on hand-spun yarns

Celebrate the legacy craftsmanship with us and uncover the significance of natural dyeing to sustainable practices, cultural heritage and community development.

The online talk and the speakers will include:

Dian-Jen Lin - Creating Bio-based Colours by Blending Tradition with Innovation

Bappaditya Biswas - Re-earthing the arts of natural dye painting

Ojasvi Peshawaria - Indigo Revival Project with the Women Community of Malikpur

Pinky Devi - In conversation

Hosted by Dr Ritu Sethi, Director, League of Artisans

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31ST JULY, 2024, 5 pm BST

Location: Online / ZOOM  

The Leek Textile Week is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and support and funds from OUTSIDE Arts. The Leek Textile talks are supported by Nila House, Lady Bamford Foundation (@nilajaipur

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Community Woad and Indigo growing for Leek Textile Week

We are excited to announce our involvement in the community of Japanese indigo and woad-growing natural dye plants. As the organisers behind Leek Textile Week, we invite our Staffordshire Moorlands community to join us in growing, harvesting, and dyeing with these plants leading up to and throughout the week of 23-29 September! 

We will provide the woad and indigo seeds for those interested in growing dye plants and cover the participation fee for online workshops. 

By joining this programme, you will be part of a community growing blue sustainably, gaining valuable insights into the growth and chemistry of plants and colour, along with producing your very own dyed fibres and cloth!

The amazing Elisabeth will be hosting the online course, as well as workshops during Leek Textile Week. 

Participation only open to those who live in the vicinity of Leek.

If you are interested in participating in growing woad or indigo. Please contact us by mail for more information with an indication of area/seeds required. 

More details here . *CLOSED CALL*   

Ph: courtesy From Seeds to Blue at The Indigo Plot @bettysbeautifullife

 

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LEEK TEXTILE WEEKEND

Join us for a weekend packed with celebrations as we honour our town’s rich textile heritage through community-focused activities, talks and exhibitions that weave threads of past into the present, spinning new connections with Indian artisans whose knowledge helped transform local industry.

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16th JAN 2024   TIME: 5 pm @ ONLINE  

20th JAN 2024   TIME: 9.30 am - 5 pm  @ Foxlowe Arts Centre

20th / 21th JAN 2024  @ Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery  

Leek Textile Weekend is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. This project is part-funded by UK Government, through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in the form of a Cultural Arts and Heritage grant from SMDC, as well as funding and support from OUTSIDE Arts.                            

 

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Saima Kaur workshop - Introduction to Indian Hand Embroidery @ LEEK TEXTILE WEEKEND

Join artist Saima Kaur for a fascinating talk on Phulkari embroideries from Punjab, India. Saima will use  contemporary and antique textiles from her collection to explore how, where, when  and why these embroideries were created and by whom. The talk  promises to be interactive and full of historical and personal  stories. 

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20TH JANUARY, 2024  

Location: Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, UK    

Leek Textile Weekend is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. This project is part-funded by UK Government, through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in the form of a Cultural Arts and Heritage grant from SMDC, as well as funding and support from OUTSIDE Arts.                            


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KATE TURNBULL workshop - NATURAL DYES @ LEEK TEXTILE WEEKEND 

Step into a world of natural, seasonal colours guided by the Oxford-based artist Kate Turnbull. 

You'll get step-by-step instructions on how to use natural dyes, learn about useful foraging techniques, dye plant identification and botanical dye extraction as well as gaining tips on creating your own natural palette from biowaste.

Take inspiration from nature and find some naturally alternative ways to dye the clothes you wear and form a new relationship with the outdoors.

You'll also gain insights on how to combat the more toxic elements of the textile industry and create fabrics which can be returned to the ground at the end of their use.

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20TH JANUARY, 2024, 1.30-3.30 pm

Location: Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, UK  

Leek Textile Weekend is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. This project is part-funded by UK Government, through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in the form of a Cultural Arts and Heritage grant from SMDC, as well as funding and support from OUTSIDE Arts.                            

                                                                                                                                    

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LEEK TEXTILE WEEKEND WEBINAR #1

Join us for an insightful online talk on 16th January, exploring aspects of Leek’s textile industry, the intricacies of the art and craft movement, the historic collaboration between William Morris and Sir Thomas Wardle, the continuing tradition of Indian raw silk and its connections with Leek and Sir Thomas Wardle, and other continuities. 

The talks and speakers for the event include:

Emma Ferry: Strawberry Thief: Making an iconic fabric

Róisín Inglesby: Distant Fellowship: Past and present links between William Morris and South Asia

Juhi Pandey: Wild Eri Silk: Conscious fibre for slow fashion

Hosted by Ritu Sethi 

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16TH JANUARY, 2024, 5 pm GMT

Location: Online / ZOOM  

View the talk on our YouTube Channel: Click Here 

Leek Textile Weekend is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandThis project is part-funded by UK Government, through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in the form of a Cultural Arts and Heritage grant from SMDC, as well as funding and support from OUTSIDE Arts.                            

With technical support from the British Council.                                                                                                                                    

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TEXTILE BLOCK PRINTING PAST AND PRESENT @ LEEK TEXTILE WEEK WEBINAR #2

Join us for an insightful online talks on Friday 12th April, where we will discuss aspects of hand block printing. We will find out more about Sir Thomas Wardle’s experiments with natural dyes, the important role played by Indian artisans through their knowledge of plant dyes, as well as the continuing tradition of Indian block printing and its global connections today.

The online talk and the speakers include:

Dr Rajarshi Sengupta: Wardle and the Plurality of Red Dyes of India

Prof Eiluned Edwards in conversation with award-winning master block printers Abduljabbar Mohammad Khatri and Adam KhatriFrom Kachchh to the World: Block Prints in Commerce, Culture and History

Meeta Mastani: From Oxfam to the Poetry of Revolt

Hosted by Dr Ritu Sethi

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12TH APRIL, 2024, 5 pm BST

Location: Online / ZOOM  

View the talk on our YouTube Channel: Click Here

The Leek Textile Week is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and support and funds from  OUTSIDE Arts.

We are grateful for support from Nila House, Lady Bamford Foundation

 

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Following the thread: Silk, Cotton, Flax  -  Leek Textile Week Webinar #3

Join us for the third in the series of insightful online talks on Friday 14th June, where we discuss aspects of the natural fibres. From the pioneering work of Sir Thomas Wardle in introducing wild silk from India to the global market, the exploration of indigenous cotton varieties like Kala cotton and their weaving, to shedding light on the fascinating journey from flax cultivation to the creation of beautiful, sustainable linen textiles. Celebrate the legacy of traditional craftsmanship with us and uncover the significance of these natural fibres to sustainable practices, cultural heritage and community development.

The online talk and the speakers include:

Karen Selk - Collaboration Opens World Market to Indian Silk

Ghatit Laheru - Khamir's experiments with Kala cotton

Lorna and Stephen Knight - Our Flax to Linen Project

Vankar Shamjibhai Vishram - In conversation

Moderated by Anuradha Singh

Hosted by Dr Ritu Sethi

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14TH JUNE, 2024, 5 pm BST

Location: Online / ZOOM  

View the talk on our YouTube Channel: Click Here

The Leek Textile Week is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and support and funds from OUTSIDE Arts. The Leek Textile talks are supported by Nila House, Lady Bamford Trust (@nilajaipur)

 

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