During the second module of Tim’s MA in painting at Plymouth College of Art he has been
transferring a series of oil sketches made from a single panther reference image onto found
clothing. Dye sublimation works best on clothing with over 65% polyester in the fibres.
There’s a tension here, polyester is made from petrochemicals and although cheap and
versatile, at the moment there’s no system for large scale reuse or safe decomposition.
This symposium seeks to open up a dialogue around the ethics and future of animals,
polyester and painting.
With thanks to collaborators Hollie Kirk from Exeter University, Marta Martin from
Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Liam Jolly of the Auction House.
Starting in March 2021, during the Covid lockdowns ebbs and flows Tim Ridley joined a collaboration between artists in the Southwest and