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Eco Dyeing

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Eco Dyeing

As I have always loved flowers, it seemed a natural progression to create art from these processes.

Art, like science, reveals the invisible.

Selected petals of flowers and leaves are scattered on silk scarf. or fabric, cotton, wool and all respond differently to the imaging.
Scarf, or fabric or paper, is then rolled up on a stick or rod of copper, or placed flat in between 2 tiles and then tied up and boiled or steamed for 2 hours.

Photos of processes below.

The mordant used is generally vinegar, so there are no issues in disposing of the waste water.

This is a chemical free process and even though some plants contain certain strong alkaloids, the steaming is generally done outside to avoid in- hailing any problem compounds.

These processes are the basis of my “Happening Scarves” and Eco dyed water colour paper Gift Cards.

The exciting aspect of this process is we never know just what effect or colour we will achieve when we dye. This is a form of art, utilizing natural products from the garden. It is so much fun collecting the flowers and plants and boiling up a pot of dye and drawing out the pigments of the plants to create whatever effects that occur…or just applying them direct to the fabric. This process can be done on cellulose (cotton, linen) and protein (silk, wool) fibers, papers, and not necessarily to dye yardage or yarns evenly.


Display of Silk Scarves for sale Small $30 Large $70

Display of Silk Scarves for sale Small $30 Large $70

Display of smaller silk twill scarves $30 each 112x32cm

Camelia petals and eucalyptus leaves placed on scarf

Camelia petals and placed on scarf

Liquid amber leaves, yellow coreopsis flowers and crushed frozen camellia petals

Liquid amber leaves, yellow coreopsis flowers and crushed frozen camellia petals with another silk habotai scarf placed over top

As above and ready to roll onto rod for steaming

Coreopesis flowers and crushed camellia and yarrow leaves

Results from scarf above

Close up view of scarf above

Camelia petals and rose leaves on silk satin

Camelia petals and rose leaves ad eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus and rose leaves on habotai silk

Camelia and rose leaves close up

The following scarves are longer size 148 x 37cm and varying leaves and flower dyes have been used to create effect.

Silk habotai scarf 32x 148cm

These scarves are two of the smaller ones 112x32cm

Display of smaller scarves 12x32cm

 

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