Yesterday got by me without posting, so here I am on a Saturday!  Here in New England the sun is shining again and it’s supposed to warm up by this afternoon, so I’m hoping to get outdoors for a bit today, maybe get in a photo shoot.

Although I have been working on some textile art pieces as well as some earrings, I can’t seem to stop myself from eco-printing – it’s definitely an addiction! I added an ingredient to my bag of tricks and it stepped it up for me in terms of getting the best color yet! It’s calcium carbonate, aka chalk. After mordanting this piece of raw silk with alum , then soy milk, I soaked them in sea water overnight, then in chalk water – viola!  The most intense color to date.

Some of the eucalyptus turned blue but some, a different euc and seeds turned a deep orange.  Some of the eucalyptus was presoaked in vinegar water, others in iron water. I’m not certain but I think the blue was influenced by the iron water and the orange a product of the vinegar water.

The yellow is from a first dyebath in sunflower dye.

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Not the best photo, but here’s a sample of one of my new earrings using some of the DSP (deconstructed screen printed) fabric from this summer’s batch.More pics soon.


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Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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