Then I rolled it up and bound it with recycled red and yellow sari silk yarn. The yarn dye and rust from the staples dominate.
I steamed this bundle (with others) for about 2 hours, then left it for about a week before unrolling it.
There’s a lively musicality to these prints, I think, from the dancing rust marks imprinted on the cloth.
I have a growing collection of rusty nails and hooks I’m picking up from our allotment plot. And I’m asking other allotmenteers to save anything rusty for me.
Do they think I’m mad? No, I’ve had nothing but interest and curiosity. And I was handed a lovely big, thick rusted bolt recently, which I hope to get to use soon.
Allotmenteers – and people who grow things in general – are preternaturally creative and curious, I think.