Kitchen ink

Adventures in natural colour...

It all started when Cordwainers Dye wanted to join in with an activity I had designed for East End WI joining up drawing with embroidery. In turn, I took part in their bundle-dyeing workshop. And so, a conversation started about colour. Experiments with natural inks are teaching me how many subtle colours I can make and how differently they behave, on paper and in the light.

So far, so playtime… but what does it contribute to my practice as a whole? Well, it stretches my thinking on reuse. It joins up art and nature. And it’s a fresh way of thinking about colour. That almost iridescent blue-mauve on the right? Water left over from steaming red cabbage.