Operating under the moniker ‘Oxidate Design’ Rhyannan produces fine art textiles, undertakes commissions and leads workshops. She is the resident dyer at Bristol Folk House.
Textiles is not only essential to the survival for humankind but an expression of who we are and where we are from. It is one of the oldest technologies we have and has a vast history, it allows us to connect deeply with ourselves and others.
Her own artistic work is an inventive reimagining of a 140-year-old Japanese textile dyeing method called ‘Arashi Shibori’. Seeing the potential for this craft to become an expressive art form, she has been practicing arashi since 2014 - always experimenting with different materials, media and methods. There is a world of possibility. She brings a fresh angle to this esoteric craft by adding a dash of Bristol: the art, the politics, the music. Her artwork Eraser was on show at the Toyama Museum of Art and Design (Japan) as part of the prestigious international KOGEI award - which celebrates innovation in artisan-crafts.
Since then, she has been awarded a grant by the Daiwa Foundation and the Great British Sasakawa Foundation for travel and research in Japan in 2022. You can often find Rhyannan hiding in her ‘Art Cave’ which is located in The Island on Nelson Street. Concocting alchemical potions of synthetic and plant-based colours, she creates a palette of taste and rhythm and feeling.
In a previous life Rhyannan trained in Costume and freelanced as a textile artist for theatre, film and TV. She has trained under artists from the Royal Opera House and worked for clients such as the Dominion Theatre, Red Bull and Mushroom from Massive Attack.