Now that the Grevillea ecoprints have been washed, dried and pressed, i have to say this plant’s leaf is my favourite “commercial” material. (I say “commercial” as in i have to buy it, and it’s not something local that i can source in our short Alberta growing season!) The only downside to these is that they are quite expensive, even with my fffFlower mines staff discount!! (Another reason i’m glad they did work :) )
These were done with a bit more decision in layout, but i have plans for the next batch to be even more “controlled”. That’s the true beauty of these materials: you can just splodge them around, but i like the clarity and precision of an actual Design. When i use them myself, i like there to be spaces where some story can be told, where other elements can be added, and some focus. I’ve never been a flowery fancy overloaded pattern kind of girl, and neither do i want these to be.
On a cotton/bamboo blend:
The same one below, but with bad lighting–which gave me the inspiration to over dye this, perhaps with solidago or tansy, or in a tannin bath (which will darken the iron as well)
And a second piece, also on the cotton/bamboo blend:
On habotai silk:
Above, pre ecoprinted with maple that didn’t quite work.
Below, “sisters” to the above cotton/bamboo blends.
On pre-rusted cotton:
Both sides of all of these are quite useable (with the exception of the pre rusted cotton–i think the rust was substantive enough to block “bleed through”), with only a bit of a colour depth loss, which means that if one were so inclined, one could use them as a “ghosting” in the same piece. A lot of leaves will mark through with only minimal marks on the reverse side of the fabric. Another bit of excitement is the use of the face side in contact with the fabric makes an almost negative space, with a bit of an edging. (The most effective ecoprinting is done with the vein side of the leaf in contact, the face side up.)
Now back to the stoodio and cook pot!!!