A journey of local cloth that explores
the Garden of England
through natural colour & local fibres
Francesca Baur of Fable & Base is a textile designer and teacher with 25 years experience.
Francesca’s grandfather moved to London from Munich in 1930, where he had been an agent for Spitzenhaus (lace house) Klauber. He set up a lingerie textile business in London’s Regent Street and Great Sutton Street, which he ran successfully until the late 70s when textile production began moving overseas. Her family then moved to Kent to start one of the early UK organic farms and organic farm box schemes.
Having been a part of the “slow food movement” all her life and now witnessing it go mainstream in recent years, she is keen to promote the same ethos throughout her work.
Francesca works to commission making studio-produced textiles, which have been carefully sourced, printed and made locally whilst working with the community to produce a local cloth.
She is researching and developing her work using natural dyes, print pastes and screen printing processes onto European linen.
Fergus Drennan aka Fergus The Forager, has been foraging wild plants for over 40 years, beginning on Wimbledon Common, aged 3 years, collecting dandelions for the family’s pet tortoise. Since those early days, and through much creative and experimental exploration he has continued his foraging practice as both a means to understand and to discover not only the practical relevance that foraging has in the modern developed world, but also in terms of what it means to be an environmentally conscious human in relation to the natural world.
“Can foraging ever be considered a truly sustainable practice, and if so how?”, is a question that always orchestrates his foraging activity, as does a pursuit of foraging’s creative possibilities, whether they be found in novel recipes using, plants, fungi, and seaweeds, or unlocking the possibilities that wild botanicals offer for other non-food-based creative pursuits such as the making of baskets, mushroom paper, and natural dyes and pigments.
Kimi Gill photographer, filmmaker and story teller sharing the story of the Kent Cloth. Kimi will work alongside the Francesca to capture the story of creating a Kent Cloth. Kimi has a background of over 20 years working in marketing, PR and photography and uses the combination of skills to share stories. Kimi Gill works with clients to capture memories and tell stories through photographs, moving image, and sound.