Cardiff Metropolitan University has been awarded a grant for teaching students natural plant dyeing skills as part of a project sponsored by Grow Wild, the National Lottery Fund and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
Grow Wild Youth Project has awarded £500 to the University for developing a dye plant garden using native wild flowers, fungi, and augmented reality technology (AR). The money will go towards specialist materials, equipment, preparation of the garden and a local field trip.
The University's Natural Dye Project aims to revitalise endangered natural dyeing skills and techniques in Wales while creating design projects opportunities, enhancing the academic delivery of colour theory, as well as improving the University' environment and campus eco-system.
Cardiff Met will be the first educational centre in Wales to introduce an AR natural dye-plant facility in conjunction with a university dyeing laboratory and will be a facility for both students and researchers to use.
To secure the funding, students submitted a two-minute film application to Grow Wild Youth Project to demonstrate how the funding would be used.
Buba Yotsova, second year Interior Design student and Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) representative and lead on the University's application, said: "I was so happy to find out that the project won the competition and that the students will be able to access funding for further exploring the world of natural dyeing agents."
Dr Keireine Canavan, Head of Textiles at Cardiff Met, said: "We're really pleased that Grow Wild Youth Project has chosen Cardiff Met to receive a grant towards our Natural Dye AR Project.
"As we look to the future of textiles, it's increasingly important that we focus on sustainability, and the dye plant garden will go some way towards developing the educational delivery of natural dye practices, colour theory and further research."
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