LET IT GROW  /   June 2017     Words by Sophie Wright  Photos by Sophie Wright  The textile industry has been dominated by fast, cheap and synthetic production since the mid-1800s. It is becoming one of the world’s largest polluters in the process. But Amsterdam-based designer and researcher Lucila Kenny is on a mission to bring natural dyeing processes them back and into the future. From natural dyeing workshops and research projects to her own scarf collection, Lucila is set on opening our eyes to the rainbow of colours hidden in plants and flowers all around us.     Read more.....

LET IT GROW / June 2017

 

Words by Sophie Wright

Photos by Sophie Wright

The textile industry has been dominated by fast, cheap and synthetic production since the mid-1800s. It is becoming one of the world’s largest polluters in the process. But Amsterdam-based designer and researcher Lucila Kenny is on a mission to bring natural dyeing processes them back and into the future. From natural dyeing workshops and research projects to her own scarf collection, Lucila is set on opening our eyes to the rainbow of colours hidden in plants and flowers all around us.

 

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  OUR NATURE   The Argentinian Lucila came to the Netherlands to do an internship with artist Claudy Jongstra, who is internationally known for the new elan that she gave to natural felt. But Lucila was mostly fascinated with the dye pans. After finishing her internship she continued to work for Jongstra for a few more years and created the color pallet for her art. That meant a whole lot of experimenting. Because which plant parts are the best? Best time to harvest? Use when fresh or dried? Which fixative? How many grams of pigmentation go with how many grams of fabric? Endlessly testing and figuring things out. “Dyeing is like cooking,” Lucila says. Give three people the same recipe and ingredients and they will all cook something that tastes totally different.”  Read more......      

OUR NATURE

The Argentinian Lucila came to the Netherlands to do an internship with artist Claudy Jongstra, who is internationally known for the new elan that she gave to natural felt. But Lucila was mostly fascinated with the dye pans. After finishing her internship she continued to work for Jongstra for a few more years and created the color pallet for her art. That meant a whole lot of experimenting. Because which plant parts are the best? Best time to harvest? Use when fresh or dried? Which fixative? How many grams of pigmentation go with how many grams of fabric? Endlessly testing and figuring things out. “Dyeing is like cooking,” Lucila says. Give three people the same recipe and ingredients and they will all cook something that tastes totally different.”

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 ZOTEYE  www.zoteye.com   X   This conversation had place in the fall of 2017  X   Interview and photography by Johan Bockstaele  X   Images captured with a Hasselblad 501c, Carl Zeiss optics and Kodak film  X   Interview conducted in English and edited by the clever ZOTEYE minions   "When dyeing becomes your living"   APRIL 06, 2018  “When life and work becomes one.” That’s how  Lucila Kenny  looks at each day in her Amsterdam lab-studio where she colours textiles with nature’s crayons what nature has to offer. Born in Argentina in 1980, she may have grown up in the streets of Buenos Aires, but in the back of her mind she knew that one day she would eventually live in Amsterdam. The Mind’s Eye is no stranger to her. Today she indeed finds herself in Amsterdam surrounded by young, energetic students as well as experienced, passionate colleagues.

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X  This conversation had place in the fall of 2017
X  Interview and photography by Johan Bockstaele
X  Images captured with a Hasselblad 501c, Carl Zeiss optics and Kodak film
X  Interview conducted in English and edited by the clever ZOTEYE minions

"When dyeing becomes your living"

APRIL 06, 2018

“When life and work becomes one.” That’s how Lucila Kenny looks at each day in her Amsterdam lab-studio where she colours textiles with nature’s crayons what nature has to offer. Born in Argentina in 1980, she may have grown up in the streets of Buenos Aires, but in the back of her mind she knew that one day she would eventually live in Amsterdam. The Mind’s Eye is no stranger to her. Today she indeed finds herself in Amsterdam surrounded by young, energetic students as well as experienced, passionate colleagues.

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 May 7th 2018, FOOD & FIBERS PROJECT  "An Argentinean Textile Designer explores worldwide natural dye culture"  Read more....

May 7th 2018, FOOD & FIBERS PROJECT

"An Argentinean Textile Designer explores worldwide natural dye culture"

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