Mary Jane Toulson hand weaving at the Town Hall Galleries in Ipswich, from Saturday 19th May until Saturday 9th June.
Mary Jane Toulson is a hand weaver, thread maker and dyer based in Suffolk. She works with wool, spinning it into threads, dying it with natural dyes and then weaving it into rugs and wall hangings.
Mary Jane explains the natural colours she uses, “The dyes I use are from plants; in the Spring – daffodils and forsythia, Summer – weld and bedstraw (madder), and Autumn – walnut and elderberry. The colours rotate like the seasons, from creamy yellows through gold and orange to brown and purple. They have a luminosity similar to watercolours. It is a slow process, but gentle and satisfying and does not waste much power.”
On the first day of her exhibition, Saturday 19th May, Mary Jane Toulson will be at Gallery 2, along with another Suffolk Craft Society member Heidi Browning, leading a workshop and demonstration in spinning and weaving. Mary Jane will also be explaining plant dyes. Places on these workshops will be just £5 for 2 hours (11am – 1pm), contact Sarah Young at Gallery 2 to book your place.
Alongside this exhibition of Mary Jane Toulson’s work, and throughout the year, Gallery 2 shows an ever-changing range of contemporary designer crafts, including items to wear and accessories for the home, made by members of the Suffolk Craft Society. Gallery 2 is the Society’s permanent showcase in Ipswich Town Centre open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am –5pm. Admission is free to the Town Hall Galleries.