Rhyannan Hall / Oxidate Design
UK-based artist and activist Rhyannan Hall is an emerging textile dye specialist, practising traditional techniques from the Far East, with a particular fondness for Japanese ‘Arashi Shibori’.
Her work has been shortlisted for the prestigious Kogei award in Toyama, Japan and she runs a lot of workshops.
She adopted dyeing as her craft of choice since graduating from the Arts University Bournemouth (2014) and has gone on to train with textile artists from the Royal Opera House. Her contemporary take on artisan practices invites contemplation of ancient Japanese aesthetics, particularly the philosophy of wabi-sabi – the acceptance of the imperfect nature of life.
Her meditative works are influenced by the abstract large-scale paintings of Mark Rothko, Bridget Riley and David Whitaker. The objective is to create ‘immersive experiences’ with her works.
Among her notable clients, she has worked on commissions for the Dominion Theatre in the West End, Red Bull and the Oxford Playhouse, in addition to Bristol-based couture designer Molly Mishi May and theatrical costumes and props maker, Jagprops.
As well as exhibiting across Bristol venues, Hall regularly leads sold-out shibori, natural dyeing, indigo and clothing repair workshops which have now been redesigned with funding from Arts Council England to be compliant with social distancing guidelines.