Amber Bayley

Textiles in Practice


A Caribbean concept, Creolisation describes the mixing together of different people and cultures to become one. This work is focused upon ideals situated within my cultural roots and heritage; the importance of being attuned to contemporary needs and desires with the environment.

The naturally dyed up-cycled garments have been carefully selected to be a contemporary remix of the traditional highland dress of Scotland and the clothing worn by the Windrush generation as they arrived into Tilbury Docks in 1948. The garments have been paired with an earring collection created from fully compostable bio-plastic; the shapes are in response to Ayrshire needlework and traditional Caribbean carnival dress.

I specialise in dyeing, focusing on natural dyes, exploring traditional and contemporary applications. In the future, I hope to continue to improve my understanding of natural dyes to further find solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the apparel and textile industries.

Tags: Bio-plastic, Circularity, Colour, Conscious Designer, Dyeing, Heritage, Material, Mixed Race, Natural Dye, Zero Waste

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