Society has become more aware of the textiles industry being one of the biggest polluters, so Emily has created a fully circular closed system using foraging methods. There is a soil-to-soil system which uses a mixture of fruits and unsightly vegetation from along canal paths. The result of this is the use of natural dyes and screen-printing pastes, which limits the usage of chemicals during the wetting and finishing process.
Using foraged fruit and vegetation that would have normally gone to waste, provides complete transparency to the consumer and traceability of the dyes used within the final design. This was at the heart of Emily’s final design.
“I am grateful for my course tutors for nominating me for the Society of Dyers and Colourists International competition. I have found the overall experience really positive so far and it’s been an insightful experience being able to talk to industry experts about my project.
I am looking forward for the second stage of the competition in Bradford alongside the nominees from Leeds and London in the UK finals in May. I have always been passionate about colour and sustainability and receiving this award has confirmed to me that I want to explore this further within my future career after graduating this summer.”
Congratulations to Emily who will now join all the regional winners in the UK final on the 19th May, and if she is successful will then compete in the International Grand Final in November 2023.