Jenny Leslie


Jenny makes Eco dyed textiles using traditional and contemporary techniques.


Traditional techniques include shibori, a type of tie dyeing and flour paste resist.


Contemporary techniques real leaf prints, compost dyeing and rust printing.


Jenny forms her fabrics into large and small framed pieces as well as accessories.


Jenny’s techniques reflect her approach to life: Dyeing is fascinating as it is an experimental technique, one can go through certain procedures but one never knows what is likely to happen. Like life, one can make plans but the unexpected is likely to happen. Contemporary technique, compost dyeing and echo dyeing mirrors this process, Jenny sees this as an alchemical process; fabric and plants are buried in the slow warmth of the compost heap and with the gentle heat and moisture the plants disintegrate to form something entirely new.

Nature is a constant source of inspiration and the organic patterns found in it inform most of her individual work.


Jenny feels textile art is something wider than art and she uses it as an expression of interest in the environment, tradition and creativity.


Jenny has a degree in Embroidery with Julia Caprara School of Embroidery linked to Middlesex Uni 2010.


Jenny’s other careers are gardening and psychotherapy both of these inform her current work.


Jenny joined East in 2015, she is also a founder member of Eastern Region Textile Forum and Herts Visual Arts,.


Jenny's personal website can be found at:







Power of Stitch


Jenny’s work for the Power of Stitch focuses on the power of nature. After a trip to Yellowstone park in 2016, Jenny is trying to depict the immense power of volcanic formations by studying Mammoth Springs, which is like a living limestone waterfall and lava flows that can be found in Hawaii. The photo’s show sketches based on these ideas, and samples developed from them.


Jenny is using natural dyes and printing to colour the fabric, these dyes are more environmentally friendly and she hopes to bring the viewers attention climate change issues by using them.


Stitch is fundamental to Jenny’s work, it is the mainstay and essential, for these works Jenny is using Shibori stitching to form contours and ridges, for Mammoth Springs, she will go on to use stitch to support and form all her work.


Lectures and workshops


Jenny can offer:


Talks: Natural dyeing from a Traditional and Contemporary perspective.


Workshops: 'Eco Leaf printing on Fabric and Paper', 'Indigo Fructose Vat preparation', 'Dyeing with Shibori' and 'Alchemy with Natural Dyes'.

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