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Water Colour Exhibition - London Design Festival 2013

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Freelance writer and journalist with a strong weakness for narrative journalism, old movies, new theater and everything London. Oh, I'm also a full-time walker
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Dye a piece of cloth the sustainable way
I'm not sure how much they will talk about Katherine May's "Water - Colour" exhibition at the Fashion Week, considering that it welcomes visitors with a poster informing that "the textile industry uses in excess of 370 billion litres of water". This is good timing, although just a coincidence, because "Water - Colour" is part of another major festival, the London Design Festival, and aims to raise awareness of water consumption in the production and use of textiles. For those interested in sustainability, manufacturing and fashion - but mainly in sustainable fashion - this exhibition is a must.

You get to witness the actual process of naturally dyeing fabrics, take a closer look at the plants that are trustworthy providers of colour and the water we come into contact with on a daily basis. There are famous books and magazines on fashion, environmental issues, sustainabilty and the like just lying around the place. Take a look at them, they had not been accidentally picked.

The exhibition creates a sensory environment that invites you to take part. For instance, you can dye a piece of cloth yourself, smell the muddy water, and watch the cloth oxidise into vibrant hues after dyeing and rinsing. Once the dye vats are exhausted, the final stage of the exhibition will see the dye stations replaced by a sewing workplace and the collective making of dyed cloth into quilts. Now, that's what I call an exhibition that evolves. You might even want to go back more than once to see what happens next.

The explanations on the walls are useful, but many questions are left unanswered, hence, the workshops and talks. Here you have a full list. Join them to reconnect to water and learn the process of indigo dyeing.

Tip: The exhibition's proximity to Unpackaged shop and cafe can make for a truly eco-friendly time out. Enjoy!
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