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 ‘Arashi Shibori’.
Splitting her time between London and Bristol, the 30-year-old adopted Arashi Shibori and 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.
In 2018, Hall established herself as an emerging freelance artist and workshop teacher under the moniker Oxidate Design. Her meditative textile works are influenced by the abstract large-scale paintings of Mark Rothko, Bridget Riley and David Whitaker. The objective is to create ‘immersive experiences’ where the viewer is drawn in by the hypnotic effect produced by the tightly-packed patterns, constantly tricking the brain through the subtle irregularities. These politically-infused pieces are also a means of exploring the conflict of the natural and urban spheres, and encouraging discussion on the significant role the textile and fashion industries play in climate change.
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.