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Inspired by the house dress, wrap aprons and lichen.

About this project

The house dress was often worn by women when dyeing yarns with lichen (crottle /crotal) in the Scottish Highlands & Islands. 

Traditionally the house dress had small repeat floral patterns.
I’m drawing crottle for a new housedress pattern.

project blog:    https://thehousedress.blogspot.com/

Keywords

textiles, apron, house dress, lichen, drawing

Disciplines

Textiles, Design, Paper

Materials

Textiles, Mixed Media, Organic Material
designing fabric for a new house dress / wrap apron
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
Starting to experiment with colour schemes for a new lichen inspired house dress pattern. project blog: https://thehousedress.blogspot.com/ If you have any memories of house dresses or wrap aprons worn where you live, have them stashed in your cupboards, or are a fan of wearing them now, do get in touch so I can share them with everyone on the blog. I may incorporate the information gathered into an artists book.
lichen
Photographer: Joanne Kaar
Drawing lichen for a new house dress pattern. project blog: https://thehousedress.blogspot.com/ If you have any memories of house dresses or wrap aprons worn where you live, have them stashed in your cupboards, or are a fan of wearing them now, do get in touch so I can share them with everyone on the blog. I may incorporate the information gathered into an artists book.
The House-Dress
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
https://thehousedress.blogspot.com/ I was recently invited to rural Catalonia as part of an international fibre festival in Mas De Barberans. A fantastic event, and wonderful to be able to work with many international basket makers and artists on a collaborative project. But what caught my eye were the women seen early in the morning with their baskets heading to the bakery, wearing brightly coloured floral dresses, later seen sharing gossip in the local shops and in the narrow streets. These garments were house-dresses. I purchased these 5 dresses, all made from polyester, at a market in Vilanova on my last day in Catalonia. These dresses may be the beginings of new artwork. If you have any memories of house dresses or wrap aprons worn where you live, have them stashed in your cupboards, or are a fan of wearing them now, do get in touch so I can share them with everyone on the blog. I may incorporate the information gathered into an artists book.
pen and ink drawing - lichen Crottle (Ochrolechea tartarea) once used as a dye
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
Starting to experiment with colour schemes for a new lichen inspired house dress pattern. project blog: https://thehousedress.blogspot.com/ If you have any memories of house dresses or wrap aprons worn where you live, have them stashed in your cupboards, or are a fan of wearing them now, do get in touch so I can share them with everyone on the blog. I may incorporate the information gathered into an artists book.
house dress fabric designs - inspired by 'crottle' - lichen once used as a dye.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
Starting to experiment with colour schemes for a new lichen inspired house dress pattern. project blog: https://thehousedress.blogspot.com/ If you have any memories of house dresses or wrap aprons worn where you live, have them stashed in your cupboards, or are a fan of wearing them now, do get in touch so I can share them with everyone on the blog. I may incorporate the information gathered into an artists book.

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