Two friends and I enjoyed a day of eco dyeing water color papers and fibers together. Betty shared the process as well as resources with us. We worked at layering paper and organic materials from the garden. The wrapped bundles were immersed in boiling water for 90 minutes. It was like Christmas morning unwrapping each bundle and discovering the natural, subtle and striking colors created.
An artist can not live in isolation. I have found that friends and exposure to all art is conducive to creative growth. I love exploring materials and experimenting with techniques and creating design in the process. Here are some samples of work created from the day with friends.
|Rinsing bundles of paper|
The finished pieces came out very different from what was originally placed on the paper and fabric. While the results are serendipitous, they are equally beautifully organic.
Wanting to enhance the naturally occurring shapes of the leaves and flowers, I added stitch. Machine stitching looked mechanical. So that option was off the table. Hand stitching was a better choice as the texture created by the hand markings added to the organic shapes and color ways of the dyed papers.
|Tree Scape #1|
A closing thought:
"Part of the act of creating is discovering your own kind. They are everywhere. But don't look for them in the wrong places."
- Henry Miller