Eco Prints on Rhubarb-Dyed Silk: Embossing, Imprinting, Staining, Washing

Eco Print on Rhubarb-Dyed Silk May 2015In my previous blog I showed the results of a batch of eco print bundles on paper and fabric that I’d dyed using rhubarb leaves.

The experiment included some silk samples. It was my first attempt at eco printing with silk.

I cut some pieces from a metre of white Chinese silk paj (silk chiffon) that I had bought a while back.

Eco Print II on Rhubarb-Dyed SilkAs you see, like the eco prints on paper and fabric, little of the plant matter has printed except as a wash or stain. The red blotches are from pomegranate seed. The green and green-blue are from the sari silk yarn with which I bound up the bundles.

Below is another eco print from the same batch, made on khadi paper, for comparison. I used the same kinds of plant matter in each and the dyeing process was exactly the same for each, but the silk has reacted very differently from the paper. Eco Print on Khadi Paper IV Roots 14 May 2015 I’ll be working more with silk in future.

There is embossing, imprinting. There is staining and washing.

I’ve been pondering how to progress these to finished artworks. They seem different, these prints, yet there is a common denominator. Each print is a reaction to pressures; and almost the same pressures.

I want to communicate that.

How?  Any ideas? I have some forming, but welcome suggestions.

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