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Hidden in their leaves: Eucalypts dye colours in Australia

18 June 2022
2.00pm – 3.00pm AEST
UNSW Galleries
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Honorary Associate Professor Liz Williamson delivers a keynote address discussing the history of plant dye-making in Australia.

Liz Williamson has been weaving since the late 1970s and is still fascinated with the potential of interlacing two sets of threads at her loom. Recent weavings have referenced the tradition of woven rag rugs, the repair of cloth and the idea of 'making do', with many woven with materials coloured by locally sourced eucalyptus and plant dyes.

In this talk, Liz discusses the history of Eucalypts dye-making in Australia, including the landmark research of Jean Carman, who was the first to systematically document the colours of Australian Eucalypts by testing over 450 species.

Presented in conjunction with Liz Williamson: Weaving Eucalypts Project at UNSW Galleries, 18 June – 14 August 2022.

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