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Annie Sherburne - shopping with a conscience.

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Annie Sherburne: shopping with a conscience It is rare when shopping in such a commercial environment such as London in today's society that we think of anything other than aesthetics and cost when purchasing a product. It was however whilst Christmas shopping with my younger sister at the Islington design centre that I came across the work of Annie Sherburne. Sherburne is a pioneering textile artist and designer who strives to include a moral aspect in her work, contributing to the well being of the environment and strengthening the industry of which she is a part. A number of things can be done to improve the aesthetics of a sample or piece of fabric. ...read more.


This new industrial based dyeing was however not with out its problems. The effects on the environment and culture have led to both atmospheric and water pollution due to dyes being washes away in to main water supplies and having drastic effects on the ecosystem. This has lead to some textile manufactures and artists such as Annie Sherburne opting for a more environmentally friendly way of producing fabrics and designs. This is true in a number of places where chemical and aniline dyes are not used, such as in the Highlands and Hebrides of Scotland where they use of natural dyes and dyeing techniques are favoured and appreciated. In other places these practices are still in place due to custom and cultural preservation this is particularly true in eastern cultures. ...read more.


This process involves the irreversible matting of wool fibres using warm soapy water and friction to create a strong and versatile fabric. Felting is used in Mongolia to make small huts in which the native people live. The felt provides much needed insulation for the harsh Mongolian climate; this is due to the small pockets of air trapped between the wool fibres. The felt is then used to line the walls of the huts and has been recorded as up to 1 meter in thickness. Sherburne uses this method to create the piece she calls 'soft cobbles' that consists of large felt balls strung together to create a blanket or through. The artists' work is based on the theme of nature and giving an artistic impression of the natural world around them. I have also incorporated these ideas in to my own work using textiles to represent I see in nature. ...read more.

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