Noriko Matsumoto

Extensive workshop practice to experiment with natural materials and sampling processes.

The work stems from a deep engagement with materials and processes, and sustainable ethics.  The main source of inspiration is the surrounding natural environment.  The natural dyeing method only requires natural sources - rock alum and iron water are used as a mordant to fix colours, made from natural dyestuffs, onto fibres.  The colours are mainly produced by four traditional dyestuffs: cochineal, cutch, madder and weld.  In addition, some local dyestuffs such as elder leaves, nettles and chestnuts are used.  Each scarf is completed by a carefully chosen wet finish, which produces a quality cloth.

The development of the work emerges from extensive workshop practice, and a process of sampling allows designing through making.





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