Katie Pollard

Newcastle & Gateshead

I am an artist and natural dyer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. My practice involves researching and experimenting with dye plants and processes and creating natural dyes and inks for use with natural fibres and materials. I grow dye plants, forage local plant material and collect food waste for this purpose.

I like to explore ways that natural dyeing can be used as a tool for boosting wellbeing and connecting people to each other and their local environment. I’m interested in creating space for community-building, skill-sharing and conversation, and allowing time to connect to and observe slow natural processes and seasonal change.

The NewBridge Project The Shieldfield Centre 4 – 8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street) Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AL

CV

2022
The Dye Garden at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne
A project through which Katie worked with volunteers to create a dye garden as a shared resource for NewBridge members and the local community. The Dye Garden involved the planting, growing and then harvesting of plants that produced natural dyes for fabric dyeing and print workshops.

Colour Junction at Habit Ability!, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne
Naturally dyed raw silk on unbleached organic linen.
An enquiry into local botanical colour and exploring the natural dye potential in Shieldfield and the surrounding area.

Provenence, Ceres Studio, Brixton, London
Collaborative large scale naturally dyed screenprint, linen.

2021-22
Collective Studio member, The NewBridge Project

2020
Remote Dye Garden at The Comfrey Project, Gateshead
The project aim was to support a group of 15 refugees from The Comfrey Project to stay connected to each other and their passion for gardening through lockdown. The group created a remote dye garden and shared experiences and tips with each other through a dedicated WhatsApp group. The project culminated in a face to face workshop where the group learnt natural dye techniques.

Skills & Experience

  • Project management
  • Workshsops (adult)
  • Workshops (family / general)
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