Emma Molony at Axminster Heritage Centre

axminster dye garden

This is the little Axminster Weaver’s dye garden featuring some of the plants used to create the colours for Axminster carpets in the 18th century. Thomas Whitty, a keen botanist used to walk the local footpaths looking for plants to experiment with for dyeing.

I’m interested in how the carpet designs changed as different flowers became popular.

During my recent workshop with some of the volunteers at Axminster Heritage Centre, we used printmaking and animation to play with some of these plants.

(monoprinting in the museum and animating in the Dye house at AHC)