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Introducing Charlotte Linton

July 26, 2023

I’m very lucky to have this incredible human/designer/anthropologist working with me as a mentor and all round supporter of the Sculpture House Dye Garden.

Charlotte Linton is a designer, anthropologist, and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford and living between Oxford and Glasgow, Scotland. A graduate of the University of Oxford (Msc/DPhil), her work explores textile techniques, aesthetics and histories focusing on the social, environmental and economic relationships formed during the production process. She has carried out ethnographic work with Harris Tweed weavers in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (MSc Visual, Museum and Museum Anthropology) and for her DPhil in Anthropology, she completed twelve months of ethnography apprenticing with Japanese natural textile dyers on the island of Amami Ōshima, Southern Japan. Her doctoral research studied the contemporary production of textiles associated with the Oshima tsumugi industry, specifically the dorozome (mud-dyeing) and aizome (indigo-dyeing) techniques. Her work considers the role that traditional crafts play in sustaining rural social networks particularly in light of issues surrounding environmental, economic and social sustainability, and human and planetary health.

Prior to studying and working as an anthropologist she worked as a designer in the fashion industry in London, New York and Paris, while also running an independent design label. She trained in Fashion and Textiles at Central Saint Martins (BA) and the Royal College of Art (MA) in London. She continues to use design, illustration and photography as visual ethnographic methodologies, as well as applying these approaches within individual and collaborative exhibitions and publications.

We’re so lucky to have Charlotte on board!

You can find out more about Charlotte Linton and her work here.

Photos by Caro Weiss.

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