Last year Holmwood was invited to China for a couple of months by Vitamin Creative Space to explore the histories and materials of Chinese painting. Her research took her from the urban middle class âcommunity supported agriculture' movement of Beijing, to staying with a group of ethnic minority Dongba shamans who live in the Yulong mountains and make their own paper as a part of the rites of their religion. One of the discoveries that she made during her research trip was the use of dye-plants in traditional Chinese medicine, which forms the basis of her current exhibition of paintings, now on show at Annely Juda Fine Art. The paintings are all made with her own paper which she has made from fabric dyed with healing medicinal plants.
Sigrid Holmwood will be leading a workshop demonstration in the harvesting, extraction and dyeing with Chinese Indigo that has been growing in the gallery. This indigo is the direct descendent of the Chinese Indigo which she cultivated in a Community Supported Agriculture urban farm in Beijing, called Little Donkey Farm last year.
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