These objects are all connected to fabric dyeing, meanwhile.......
I absolutely love painting silk and cotton - serendipity is a key factor. Weather, air temperature, water quality, and my own mixing of colours and a few secret tricks mean its always its new and exciting. A secret , or two, will be revealed in my workshops at Melton. These fabrics are waiting to be made into a sample cushion and lampshade.
I also love the mysterious behaviour and the delicate tones of eucalypt dye - this is just one silk scarf dyed from forest floor - and yes we'll do a forest brew in my workshop.
Detail with imprint of a red box leaf.
Now to the sock, ash and the elastic band.
All are integral to preparing a treatment for cotton fabric before it is eucalypt dyed - a whole new positive reason for cleaning out the fireplace.
It was cold and wet last weekend - take pity on our poor Nillumbik Open Studios artists. They didnt stay home by the fire - they were there enthusiastically opening their studios. If you didnt go last week, dont miss this weekend!