Botantical dying on a windy day

Today Lottie and I took out the silk bundles from the pot and carefully undid them. Very happy with the finished results, nice reds, oranges and some green prints. Don’t know what we will do with the fabric yet? Maybe stitch together as scarves or cushions. Did not add tea bags, onion skins or pieces of iron this time and consequently not as muddy as other times. Very windy here today so silk dried in no time.  I am in the middle of firing a bisque kiln, so running to the studio every hour to turn it up, should be finished soon I hope. Also went to the Kinglake farmers market and had our photo taken eating apple pies, found this picture on Facebook.

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Eco Dying

Today Lottie and I did some Eco Dying with some silk I had left over from last year. John had been cutting our gum for his business making native mixed bunches and we used the windfall from this to make our eco bundles. I was taught this by India Flint and do it just for fun. Hopefully this batch come up with some brilliant reds. Have to see tomorrow.

windfall cinerea leaves

windfall cinerea leaves

Lotties and my bundles ready for boiling

Lotties and my bundles ready for boiling

boiling the eco bundles

 

Description of new pots

 

Blurry unfinished unfired pot

This group of pots follow a theme that I have been exploring over some time.  The shapes of the pots are related to mountains, burial mounds or cocoons. I live in the Kinglake Ranges, so I am constantly inspired by what is around me. I also have memories from travelling to China as a child and seeing the dramatic mountains near Beijing, which seem to grow out of nowhere. The tree motif has gone through a few changes since experiencing Black Saturday, from straight blackness to re-growth and now full trees again. The magnificent Mountain Ash gums on our property are huge and towering and are my main inspiration, especially when I compare them to the trees that I grew up with around Kyneton.  I’m also interested in the contours and typography of the landscape and use engraved lines to show these and to give movement to my pieces. I am influenced by nature, the stillness in the forest, the leaves and branches in the wind, rocks, water, what is left behind and buried and the concept that ‘grass will grow over your cities’1.Anselm Keifer 2010