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Indeterminacy: The Blueberry Interlude: Cold Dyeing with Blueberry Stems


Dyeing needn’t be an elaborate process,  experiments have shown me. Or require costly – and sometimes quite hazardous and pongy – ingredients, sophisticated equipment and a PhD in chemistry. I pruned a couple of little blueberry bushes a few weeks … Continue reading

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How Far Does The Hand Reach? Botanical Signatures Textile Art Exhibition, Norwich, England, July 18-20 2019


Invitation to exhibition. Some of my work is figuring in Botanical Signatures 18-20 July at Studio20, in historic Norwich, England. The exhibition has been put together by Maria Clarke-Wilson, who is completing an MA in Textile Design at Norwich University … Continue reading

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Black Bean Dye and Black Bean Soup


“Beans, you know, are beautifully shaped, like a new church, like modern architecture, like a planned city”  ― Janet Frame, Scented Gardens for the Blind My love affair with Titanium oxalate continues … In my search for blue, I’ve wanted … Continue reading

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A First Try at Eco-Dyeing with Staghorn Sumac (Rhus Typhina)


I was delighted, when we first came in May last year to inspect what was to become our new home,  to find no less than four mature Staghorn Sumac trees flourishing in the garden, for I knew Sumac to be … Continue reading

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Eco Print on Silk – Three Eucalyptus Leaves


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A Fine Pickle


A recent eco print experiment. This is an iron blanket (or carrier cloth). It ought to have had prints from plant material on it. Didn’t work. Hmmm. As usual, I sprayed the cloth with a 50/50 vinegar/water solution. It was … Continue reading

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Faerie Narrative: A Suite of Two Eco Prints


What the photos don’t show are the mica-like specs embedded in these papers, which are the cardboard backings of watercolour-faced boards, separated into sheets by peeling when wet. Some of the specs are pink. They glitter constantly reminding me of … Continue reading

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Another from a recent eco print batch. The paper ground is one of the layers from the cardboard backing that fell away, after the boiling process, from my eco printing experiment using watercolour board. The wet cardboard fell apart into … Continue reading

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A Treasury of Leaves: Eco Print on Silk


An eco print (botanical pressure print) on silk, from my recent batch. The red dye is from red Virginia Creeper leaves. I was lucky to get the leaves. Normally, Virginia Creeper is found decorating the walls of private houses and … Continue reading

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Natural Dyeing with Pyracantha Firethorn Berries


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