My love of nature and its endless, incredible beauty has led me along woodland paths and mountain trails in different parts of the world, but more recently has become represented in the flora of the local trees of New England, highlighted by the rich hues of eucalyptus reflected on scarves, shawls, wall hangings, pillows and clothing. The joy of simplicity, the beauty of imperfection, and the surprise of color and form combining in new ways is likened to an unexpected present. Opening a bundle is like a special gift, and I can't wait to do it again and again!! I hope you will marvel too at Mother Nature's offerings!
Eco or botanical printing is a modern adaptation of an age old natural dye process. Also called bundling or contact printing, images are extracted from plants and transferred to fabric through a steaming process. When steamed, the chemicals held tightly within the cells of the plant are then released to imprint a likeness of the leaf. As the chemicals interact with different types of textiles, the intensity of the image emerges and forms a prototype. Time intensive as the processing of this unique art technique is, in itself it has low impact on the environment., thus the name eco-printing. A leaf, some fabric, a fallen branch, some meandering string and a bit of magic unite as a wand is waved and VOILA, Mother Nature has created an act of alchemy and the leaf has been transformed into a new form!
I have long adhered to a Japanese philosophy called Wasi Sabi, a deep wisdom which sees beauty in imperfection, appreciates simplicity and accepts change as a constant. As my artwork is handmade, each piece is unique. Hidden in each piece are color subtleties, permanent wrinkles, leaves with holes or branches missing a leaf, berries that project a 3D effect and surprises that only come through processing and a bit of alchemy. Bring the beauty indoors and enjoy it summer or winter. Mother Nature constantly has a surprise for us.