It’s been so good to be back in my outdoor studio producing more dyed and printed fabric! I’m glorying in it as long as I can.  Hurricanes blow away from here!

This eco print is on a section of an old linen tablecloth I received from Freecycle. It was mordanted with alum and soy last October!  I added a new soak in aluminum acetate.  I soaked the leaves in either ferrous sulfate, calcium carbonate or copper water; sprayed the whole cloth down with vinegar water and used a calcium carbonnate carrier cloth.

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Sumac
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Maple
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Fern

I folded it three times and rolled it onto a large “log” of tin cans wrapped together and simmered it for almost 2 hours.  Ordinarily, I would have kept it in a little longer because it’s a little thick and a large piece ( it steamed for 1 hour and 55 minutes), but I neededto cut the time it a bit short and it’s just fine. This is still curing so it hasn’t yet been washed or ironed.20170903_161853.6. copy

Sometimes it’s fabulous to have a cloth that is light in fair sized areas because it leaves you room to work into it in any number of creative ways.

Linking up with Off The Wall Friday!

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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