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A History of Dyes, from Ancient Egypt to Cancer Treatment

by Adam Pursell, Hon Secretary of SDC’s North of England region.

The Mike Crabtree Memorial Lecture was a big success again this year, building on everyone’s enjoyment of last year.

The evening started off with a hot buffet which was enjoyed by everyone in attendance, over 50 people sharing a meal over stories and experiences. A broad spectrum of people had gathered to listen to Dr Christine Holdstock’s fascinating talk on “a history of dyes, from ancient Egypt to cancer treatment”. After the meal, formalities had to be undertaken, and it was time to present a couple of awards. North of England Chair Dr Muriel Rigout took the floor and introduced SDC Past President Trevor Larkins.

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Success for SDC bursary recipient

As an educational charity, SDC is committed to supporting people in their colour education journey. Occasionally students may need a helping hand financially and we have funding available to offer a limited number of bursaries each year.

Jo Horton is a Senior Lecturer in Mixed Media Textiles at De Montfort University – one of SDC’s college members – in Leicester. She is also an SDC bursary recipient and was recently highly commended in the Embroiderers’ Guild Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in Embroidery and Design for 2017. 

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What colour are you? A focus on black

Black is the darkest colour, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light.  Like white and grey it is an achromatic colour meaning literally ‘without colour’.

While white represents purity and innocence, black symbolises power and secrecy and is often associated with darkness and evil and is the traditional colour of witchcraft. “Black magic” implies magic for ‘evil purposes’. Black and white are often used to describe opposites; light and darkness, good and evil.

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