Ashmolean Textiles Exhibition

A Level Eco Textiles students at Headington took part in a natural dying workshop, the results of which are now on display in an Oxford museum.

Along with 250 members of the community, they participated in the workshop in response to The Colour Revolution exhibition and series of cultural events ‘Everything is Connected’ at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Led by Oxfordshire textile artist and Eco Lead at Headington Mrs Kate Turnbull, participants learned how to mindfully forage seasonal plant matter and utilise kitchen biowaste to naturally dye 146 swatches of fabric which are on display at the Ashmolean until 29th January.

Husks from a local walnut farm, hawthorn bark from a fallen tree, nettles and berries from an Oxfordshire hedgerow, coreopsis and woad from the dye garden at Headington School all formed part of the botanicals used to make the display.

Vintage linen, reclaimed cotton, bamboo, peace silk and woven nettle have provided the base for the swatches.

Once A Level students had harvested the woad from Headington’s Chelsea Flower Show dye garden, they used the salt rub extraction method to achieve a range of harmonious blues which are now included in the display.