Casa Mae - Creative Residency

to kick start 2019, we were invited to participate in Casa Mae’s Share & Stay creative residency. so, we packed our bags, waved goodbye to the grey clouds of London and headed to sunny Lagos, Portugal.

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as part of our residency we were asked to host two workshops, these were the first of the year AND more excitingly the first test run of our most recent experiments.

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at the end of 2018, our open access printing space was closed down, along with this closure came the loss of our ink supplier. as much as this was an inconvenient turn of events it was a brilliant catalyst for experimenting with a new processes. whilst we have always used sustainable printing inks made from a water-based solution, free from an plastics or harmful chemicals or toxins, natural colour has been an area we’ve been wanting to explore. since, we have been learning about the extraction of natural dyes, and the endless landscape of colour that can be drawn from natural substances and food waste, making these dyes into printable inks for textiles.

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our workshops at Casa Mae were the first using 3 of of our own 100% natural inks, extracted from avocado stones, eucalyptus leaves and old coffee grounds. making beautiful earthy tones of pink, orange & brown.

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natural colour is a process we are yet to master as there are many more variables with the colour and light fastness of using natural printing inks and dyes. we plan to keep experimenting with this method and hope to introduce a range of naturally printed/dyed textiles to our online store during 2019, alongside our water based inks. moving forward all of Aeand’s workshops will offer students the opportunity to experiment with printing textiles using both water based & natural inks.

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Alessandra Chambers