Vivien Prideaux: The natural aspect of dyeing
Amid the picturesque setting of the historic quaint old Cornish town of Fowey where she lives, Vivien’s garden studio, with views over the harbour is a riot of colourful textured textiles.
Lengths of silk, linen and cotton, hand-woven, naturally dyed. Warm cashmere shibori shawls, bright scarves, Japanese kimono silks, hand-woven hemp, Malagasy raffia, velvets and the magical blues of indigo.
Her unique textile style has been influenced by her travels and interaction with the craft traditions of Japan and India, and documenting the production of hand-woven, embroidered, block printed and naturally dyed textiles and natural dyes especially indigo.
In this interview, we learn how Vivien’s love of natural dyes and embroidery came about and we also discover the journey she goes on to create her beautiful and unique art.