Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Debbie Bamford

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with The Mulberry Dyer’s Debbie Bamford who talked about all things Turkey Red.

Watch the video recording here:

Here are some things that Deb mentioned in her talk:

The Dyer’s Company

This is where Deb got her degree from, The Society of Dyers and Colorists

TORM: The Original Reenactors Market

That hood she wore has a tail and it is called a Liripipe

Deb didn’t recommend this, but here is a reenactment pattern site

Here are some links about turkey red that our co-host Brece Honeycutt used to learn more about it:

West Dunbartonshire Council

Fashionologia Historiana

National Museums Scotland


Debbie Bamford is an Associate of the Society of Dyers and Colourists. Her business The Mulberry Dyer was established in the early 1990’s following the completion of the City and Guilds Art and Design – Embroidery course, with a view to producing naturally dyed embroidery silks, which at that time were unavailable. Meticulous research into dyes and methods used in the 17th century resulted in the accurate reproduction of these silks. This research was then expanded to cover all periods in history and for other fibers. Examples of work can be found in the V & A Museum, Hampton Court Palace, the Globe Theatre and other Museums and Historic Houses across the UK and Europe.

A specialist in the dyestuff madder, Debbie runs courses and masterclasses, the first dyer for many decades to successfully reproduce the Turkey Red process. Research and experimentation continues for both historical and Industrial purposes. Environmental impacts of natural dyes and mordants, colourfastness (light, wash and rub) are key to current research for which a “Green Achiever” was awarded. For several years a consultant to Industrial Organisations wishing to add naturally dyed products to their range.

This week? Rowland Ricketts!

Join us this week, December 18th, 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern for a live Zoom FEEDBACK FRIDAY with Rowland Ricketts! Rowland utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art, Architecture & Design at Indiana University.



If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability and Social Media Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori.