Enjoy a free nature-inspired textiles exhibition at Trebah this Autumn.
“50 Years of love for nature and textiles started with a visit to a pioneer reconstruction village in Upper Canada Village in 1972 where I first saw natural fibres transformed into fabric using natural plant dyes.
I was utterly fascinated and have pursued the study of these skills ever since, to include collecting and growing my own wild plant dyes to use on wool, cotton and silk.
I developed an Angora rabbit knitwear business where I designed, dyed and knitted garments sold across Europe.
Leaving the traditional art forms of watercolour and pen and ink I made felted wool paintings inspired by Cornwall’s wild beauty. These are included in this exhibition at Trebah.
I even raised silk worms so that I understood the whole process of silk production and have created a series of hand-dyed embroidered silk tapestries which are also on display in my exhibition.
As health limitations stopped my ability to spin and knit I switched to machine embroidery of hand-dyed silks for tapestries and bespoke clothing.
More recently I have added botanical eco printing on fabric and offer workshops in Hapa Zome which anyone can do to experience for themselves the magic of uniting nature with art.”
Daena Rose Textiles artist
Find out more about Daena's 'From Flower to Fabric' workshop on 19 October here.