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.

More Mark Making with Eucalyptus

We are having a smidge of Indian Summer here before the temperature falls at the end of the week. There is that awful four letter word in the forecast. I’m not really into snow and ice dyeing so I will continue to long for the warmer days.

Here are 2 photos of fabrics fresh from the steamer, showing a corner of each. My friend Carol Suto sent me a box of eucalyptus leaves from California . I tried some on a previously leaf printed cotton and on a beaded and embroidered silk piece.  There were more in the pot but I particularly like the way these turned out.

I am linking to Off The Wall Friday this Friday since this is the most creative I’ve been this week.

I am linking this post to India Flint’s blog giveaway. You can check it out here.  I totally love her work and some day I’ll get great imprints like hers.

Beaded Silk showing marks of twine bundling
Beaded Silk showing marks of twine bundling
Previously printed cotton clamped between plates
Previously printed cotton clamped between plates