One day recently, I realized I am producing works that do not represent my very favorite colors, and those are the muted, soft colors you would find by the ocean in the sea shells, the sand, the weathered wood that is everywhere from the effects of the salty air and constant breezes...I'm talking about the palest of shades, that may even be called the "whites" of colors. These are the colors that please me most, but they just don't work well as a background for my trees, made with white silk organza...so I'm exploring new directions, materials and techniques to continue expanding my experiences, my library of skills and techniques used to make my work, and am excited/nervous about this change.
If you are drawn to the soft, muted tones that natural dyes produce, as I am, you may enjoy this book also. India Flint, a pioneer in this field, writes just as if you are sitting by her in her living room and with a surprisingly interesting Australian lilt that will leave a smile on your face. Ms. Flint's signature technique is an extremely interesting one that I can't wait to try called "eco-printing," which involves taking real leaves and rolling them up in fabric and binding it and either leaving it to sit cold, or heating, or steaming it on the stove in an effort to leave the dyed impression of the leaf on the fabric...Gorgeous!! Wish me luck in these new adventures, and I'll keep you posted about how it turns out.