Botanical printing, I find, has a tendency to produce unpredictable imagery which sometimes needs something extra. In this instance I added colour, carefully placing it to enhance the natural earthy botanical tones with colours of the sky recently seen during our summer storms. This scarf is a beauty.
This piece was dyed using the power of sunshine – during a group workshop held by friends. Back home it was enhanced further with hand stitching to become a table centrepiece.December 6, 2015
Winter in Dungog this year is a little chilling. My dyeing dungeon (under the house) is not conducive to life! But a spot of sunshine led me downstairs to awaiting dye pots and silk.
Over the year I have dabbled in various techniques to experiment my heart out, and there’s still more to do. It’s now time to harness them in a book that I producing just for me. What can I call this little book of experiments, I am wondering? Your ideas are welcome!
Meantime here’s a few pics of my latest endeavours.
Preparing for an exhibition “Bridges of the Hunter” with my local textile group (Daughters on Dowling) I decided on a few different approaches. Our exhibition is under the auspices of the Dungog Art Society and Arts Upper Hunter.
First job … sketch ideas, based on my photo of Cooreei Bridge which leads into my town of Dungog. Thinking about the textures and shapes, I set to work creating felted “river rocks”.
As the black and white photo showed up the structure of the bridge and surrounds so well, I decided upon making my art piece in black and white – wow, a new experience for me especially as I love colour in all its glory.
These images show my early progress with this piece.
Summer heat is well and truly here at Dungog – 38 degrees outside but under the house in my wet room it is cooler. A great time to play with dyes on silk and here are a few scarves to show how lovely the Landscape dyes work. By stepping just outside my wet room this is the view I see every day. With a good rain the golden hills turn luscious green and wallabies come to graze in the back paddock.