The Rain Has Stopped So It’s Eco Printing Time

I have been eco printing for about 4 years.  Some people call it nature printing, others call it botanical dyeing and others have inventive ways of all saying the same thing. The short description is that I coax pigment from leaves, twigs, berries and flowers and deposit it onto cloth in interesting patterns.  I have been in love with the serendipitous results from the beginning. Lately I have been combining it with other surface design.

I have been working on a series for the Artist’s Altered Book Collaboration group I belong to. This year we are making 10 x 10 art work to exchange with one of the other 10 people in the group. Many of us decided to do a series since we are to use our own voice for this work.  My series uses silk Dupioni that is eco printed, quilted and enhanced with other techniques. I have mailed 3 pieces so far and have these 2 to go out soon.

Channeling Autumn

Eco Dyed silk background, embroidered leaf print, black acrylic worm holes.

Channeling autumn splendor a little early, but it is one of my favorite times of the year. This month’s theme for Arts in the Cards was leaves. I was going to do paper abstracts using leaves from antique books I keep for mixed media. But  since our bathroom remodel meant everything was stuffed in the studio, I haven’t been able to find a thing since the bath was reassembled!  I went through every box and drawer that could possibly have the books and they were no place to be found.

So, like I often do, I switched gears  and created a new design for my cards. They will be mailed to the traders encased in an onion skin paper envelope that was made from paper that had been sandwiched between pieces of silk being eco printed.