Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Craft Textiles: Noel Dyrenforth

image source, 'Wallhanging', Noel Dyrenforth, 1967

The 1960s saw a revival in traditional handicrafts such as; batik, hand-dying fabrics and weaving. They believed that making a limited number of items by hand was better than mass producing pieces. The practitioners using these techniques sought to bring new ideas to the crafts and one of these practitioners was Noel Dyrenforth who specialises in batik.

"I have never been complacent about batik. I constantly explore it for my own intuitive, creative ends; I interrogate its methods, concepts and challenges. Rules are broken, re-defined; risks are taken." Noel Dyrenforth

If you're looking at Noel Dyrenforth for your project you might find the following links useful:

BBC documentary with Noel demonstrating his batik techniques
Examples of work on the Crafts Council Photostore
Interview on West Dean Colleges website

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