Saturday, 7 April 2018

Starting to feel a bit like Autumn

Walking down the track to the market this morning it definitely felt as though the season was changing. Though the days are warm and sunny once they get going, there is that chill in the morning and evening which presages the colder months. The trees are changing, loosing leaves and most significantly and sadly the cicadas have stopped singing.
The seasonal changes here in north NZ are much less dramatic than the UK or New England, the signals are more subtle. But look closely and there are fabulous patterns and designs to be seen in the small things - grass and wild flower seed heads, patterns on the drying leaves, the delicate encasements of spider webs ...

And then in the slightly surreal way that NZ has, what was a camellia doing in full bloom at the beginning of autumn?

Yesterday seemed the right time to get into some eco dye/print/rust experiments, so a few fabrics and papers have been soaking overnight in their mordants ...

And a variety of fabrics and papers have been bundled with rusty nails and other bits and some copper scraps.

Fabrics soaked in vinegar, salt and water, then wrapped into bundles with old nails and other scraps

Papers and nails left overnight in a plastic bag and squashed with a weight

Fabric and nail bundle

Actually I love this as it is - not sure I want to unwrap it!
All I have to do now is be patient (!!!!) whilst my fabrics soak, stew and ferment for a while longer.

If you want to know more about eco printing, there are of course loads of ideas on the web, also, Decembers 'WOWBook'  has a lovely chapter by Caroline Bell.

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