….in other words eco-printing, though I’m not sure if I really am eco-printing. I am using plant materials and following some of the “suggestions” made by some better known eco-dyers but after that it’s really just a bit of trail and error! OK a lot of trail and error and a load of experimenting!
My experiments so far have included eucalyptus, but also some local plants as well…this is “honesty” or Lunaria annua for those who like proper names. I loved the colour of these immature seed-heads as they were about to be rolled.
I did lots of rolling and wrapping to create the bundles – no two the same! and then got things cooking.
I love the look of the bundles steaming away. I have always liked packages , things wrapped up and things with lids …I was sorely tempted to leave the steamed and cooled bundles just as they were.
(Sorry about the slightly fuzzy next few images, I was juggling the camera and wet bundles of fabric while wearing rubber gloves- never a good combination)
But eventually my curiosity got the better of me…
The seed-heads didn’t impart any colour to the fabric but it did make an amazing resist with lots of detail.
The fabric is a lovely semi sheer silk and the print is really pretty and quite transient on it. And yes! I do have some plans for it…. I’ll show you as soon as I can!
Bye for now, Catherine
PS- It rained here for a couple of days this weekend past and things are much better on the forest fire front. Many thanks to all of you who did a rain dance with Vancouver in mind!
Were not out of the woods yet, the drought is now a stage 3 (there are only 4 stages and I don’t know what happens after that!) but the few cool days we had were lovely.