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In 1916 A Book on Vegetable Dyes was first published and from it Barron discovered about dyeing with rust (ferrous acetate). This book had been written by the hand-weaver Ethel Mairet (1872-1952) who went on to set up Gospels, an influential weaving workshop in Ditchling, Sussex, which flourished in the years between the First and Second World Wars. (No. 1) She was most enthusiastic about the printed samples that Barron had sent her and encouraged Barron to exhibit and sell her work.

Late the following year, in 1917, Barron had her first exhibition. This was held in the drawing-room of the Hampstead home of Boris Anrep, a mosaicist and Russian royalist émigré. Barron shared the exhibition with her great friend Noel Gilford (1890-1978) who went on to marry the artist Bernard Adeney. (No. 2) She had also been at the Slade and often used Barron's hand-blockprinted materials for her dress designing and making. Subsequently Barron was also to share several exhibitions with Ethel Mairet at the Brook Street Gallery where later Dorothy Larcher was to seek her out.

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