citizen research, education & best practices


Until the advent of synthesized chemical dyes in the mid 19th century, natural dyes made from plants, insects and minerals were used by cultures around the world to colour textile fibres. Extracting colour from natural sources was part of the cultural knowledge passed through generations, and necessitated a deep understanding of colour sources. Today, we are re-learning many of these skills and reviving this knowledge through formal education systems, person-to-person transmission, community-based research, and citizen-science. Through these many areas of simultaneous formal and informal research, best practices are emerging, allowing us to imagine a wider scope for natural dye education. In this first section of the exhibition, artists look at sharing knowledge, formalizing creation-research findings and creating visual expressions of research.