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Anna Hey­wood-jones tests the dye­ing prop­er­ties of plants through prac­tice-based re­search in dye­ing and weav­ing. She builds re­gional lex­i­cons of colour through tri­als and stud­ies, ex­plor­ing the ways in which plant life bears the marks of his­tory. Ves­tiges (2015) is a tex­tile in­stal­la­tion that ex­plores “spa­ces of tem­po­rary ne­glect,” specif­i­cally the site of St. Joseph’s Church in Hal­i­fax’s North End. Hey­wood-jones dyed fi­bres us­ing plants that grew where the church was de­mol­ished in 2009, be­fore the site was ex­ca­vated in 2015, and in do­ing so high­lighted both the rapid pace of gen­tri­fi­ca­tion in the area as well as the clum­si­ness and in­ef­fi­ciency of ex­pan­sion. Bear­ing wit­ness to the pas­sage of time, Hey­wood-jones acts as a ge­ol­o­gist, a tex­tile artist and a botanical archivist. Anna Hey­wood-jones Ves­tiges 2015 Wool, silk, Amer­i­can elm, gold­en­rod, ham­mered shield lichen and staghorn sumac 2.27 m x 55.9 cm x 55.9 cm PHOTO BY­RON DAUNCEY

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