The Tin Red Line is an exciting project based in Lostwithiel, south east Cornwall, linking industry, landscape and textiles through the metal tin and the colour red.
With ongoing reach, in 2022 we were fortunate to spend time with lots of lovely people in celebrating the mining industry of Cornwall and its global trade links, turning silks red through the alchemy of natural dyeing.
We ran 2 workshops on a glorious sunny Saturday in May, in and around Lostwithiel. Hosted by Sian Cornish, we started with a short talk by the Lostwithiel Bridge with Museum guide John Pegg. John entertained us with stories of tin history in our ancient stannary town, before settling in to a natural dyeing colour workshop taking place in the stretch tents by the river.
Together we turned silk red using ancient recipes, forming part of a beautiful display shown in the town later that year. We also met up with friends, made new connections and enjoyed inter-generational chat and community.
Tresorys Kernow (Cornish Treasures) is a pilot project to test new ways to commission and deliver sustainable cultural activity in town centres. We want to show that town centres can be reinvigorated through an imaginative and locally relevant programme of cultural events.
Thanks to FEAST Cornwall, Cornwall Museums Partnership, Creative Kernow, Cornwall Council and of course Emma of Really Lovely Projects for their support.
Tresorys Kernow is also about exploring how communities can and should adapt to the very real challenges of climate change and respond to the benefits that nature provides.