Dyer’s Takeover: Lizzie Kimbley

What’s your favourite dye stuff ?

I enjoy using dyes that have a connection to place and can be found while out walking. Some of my favourite dyes are meadowsweet, alder cones and ivy leaves. The green from ivy leaves is beautifully fresh and so unexpected. I love meadowsweet as it smells so amazing and produces a wonderful bright yellow.

What inspires you about Ethel Mairet?

I love Ethel Mairet’s experimental approach to materials, her way of combining different fibres, and of course her dedication to her craft and research Jenny Dean’s approach to experimenting with natural colour has been so inspiring. Her advice to test different plants, to ‘give them a try’ has been really exciting.