About Lucille Junkere
Artist, researcher and textile practitioner concerned with the historical and environmental impact of the fashion and textile industry, minimising waste, recycling and community education. Her specialised textile skills include dyeing and printing with natural dyes, especially indigo, millinery skilled honed at London College of Fashion and hand, free motion and digital embroidery. Her research interests concern the legacy of colonisation on African textile history and reconnecting with traditional textile techniques.
Lucille’s 2010 collaborative project Mood Indigo, Dyeing for the Blues included growing organic indigo and other natural dyes with local farmers and students from the Barbados Community College. For her 2016 exhibition Clarendon Blues she created a series of embroidery pieces on indigo dyed handmade cotton paper to respond to her research on former Jamaican indigo plantations and the loss of African textile traditions through colonialism. Her residency at the Gallery was part of her personal and artistic journey.
Residency at WMG 2016
Lucille’s residency at the William Morris Gallery was inspired by the indigo work of William Morris and dye chemist Thomas Wardle and their fabric sample books. She used their commitment to achieving strong, even natural dye colours expressed through their often heated letter exchanges to strengthen her own dye practice. Her residency All Blues explored the complex history of indigo dye with slavery and imperialism through a series of indigo dyed resist patterns and embroidery work, presented in her own version of Morris's sample books. She also delivered a series of popular indigo dye workshops, talks and demonstrations. The title of her residency came from a track on jazz musician Miles Davis’s seminal Kind of Blue, whose lyrics and music capture the beauty and pain surrounding natural indigo.
Lucille’s residency was supported by the William Morris Gallery with recycled cotton for her sample book and workshops provided by Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development (TRAID). She also secured an Arts Council grant to support the public engagement activities.
"I've always been passionate about William Morris's work after learning about him at school and when I heard about the residency I felt my work with indigo was a good fit. Indigo was Morris' favourite colour and his extensive work with natural dyes inspires me. The residency was a perfect opportunity for a deeper exploration of his work and to use it as a platform for my own ideas. The exposure from residency helped me to see new opportunities, make contacts and reconcile my textile practice with my research interests".
Beyond the Residency
In 2017 Lucille travelled to South-Western Nigeria on a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to investigate, a specialised indigo dyeing and pattern making technique known as àdìrẹ, which is unique to Nigerian Yoruba people. The findings from her project The Yorùbá Blues will be disseminated around the UK through a series of talks, workshops and new textile works.
Find updated information about Lucille’s projects, talks and workshops here