Category Archives: Art

Linen and Silk Samples Dyed with a Decoction of Dyer’s Chamomile Flowers


Chamomile appears in a number of chapters in The Rev Hilderic Friend’s Flowers & Flower Lore. Under Flowers for Heroes, Saints, And Gods he writes that it is to St Anne – said to be the mother of the Virgin … Continue reading

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Eco Print on Silk


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Another Test Eco Print on Silk Satin


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Eco Print on Linen


Learning how to print on linen (not easy) and how to resist print. I like the leaves of the Turkish Sage. They remind me of the heads of dervishes, whirling.

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Eco Printing to the Accompaniment of Quanta Qualia


Made this print today while listening to composer Patrick Hawes‘ sublime Quanta Qualia, which I’m rehearsing for The Isolation Choir’s virtual Summer School. I’ve made this little sample print as part of an online course on eco printing run and … Continue reading

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Tannin and Tone and Chrome


I’ve just performed at the first virtual concert of the Self-Isolation Choir Summer School. It was a week learning and rehearsing – under the guidance of musical director Ben England – a selection of works from the repertoire of the … Continue reading

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Oak Leaves, a Storm, the Pond


The pool Glows at her feet, and all the gloomy rocks Are brightened round her.  (Wordsworth, The Excursion) A little experiment with oak leaves on cotton fabric. The leaves arrived on the high wind, blown over the hedge, a little … Continue reading

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The Spirit Lizard and Covid- 19


Originally posted on Mapping uncertainty:
About six years ago I rented an old stone cottage in a country town. Shortly after I moved in I swept the cobwebs off the verandah. In a dusty corner I found the carcass of…

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Testing Water for Iron Content


“Give me silence, water, hope Give me struggle, iron, volcanoes.”  – Ode to Silence: Pablo Neruda   Samples of water from four different sources tested for iron content. From left to right: tap water, water from a garden water butt, … Continue reading

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Chaos and Onion Skins


The chaos is subsiding. I opened the last packing box a couple of weeks back. Then found more. But a few and there  are places for everything now. A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place. (Benjamin Franklin?) Distribution. … Continue reading

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