ethereal, a bounty of color

I am enamored with every part of the eucalyptus tree from  its fragrant leaves, bark, and flowers for natural dyeing, eco-printing, or marking on fabric. The leaves of this tree give the most vibrant reddish-orange dye and it works beautifully on silk and wool fabric. This was a piece I made for our gallery’s Spring Art Show last weekend. It was made with bundling the fabric with a rusty iron pipe and different types of eucalyptus leaves and barks. The iron oxide from the rusty pipe reacts with the tannin in the plant materials. It darkens and gives a coppery to deep charcoal colors. I named this piece, Ethereal.

I didn’t get a prize but had many admirers, it was a wonderful experience and a chance to display my work to a larger audience. The piece I had on display  is 22″ x 80″ and mounted on another panel with rods at both ends. Below are close-ups sections of it starting from top to bottom.

top: vibrant colors from rust and eucalyptus cinerea

continuous flow of rust prints and reddish orange from eucalyptus

dark shadowy prints between folds and creased lines of rust

like waterfall, rusty lines begins to spread and break off into streams

middle portion: it’s taking a different course of color variation–almost provocative

deep and dark shadows with streaks of salmon pink meandering into another level

lower mid-portion: a different color takes off with a new twist

a fanfare of splashing colors

a gentle turn to another dimension

an unexpected twist and swirl of colors and shapes

a sense of lightness in its own beauty–heavenly!

full length view

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7 Responses to ethereal, a bounty of color

  1. I think that you should have won first prize! It’s amazing!


  2. very very beautiful !


  3. Marilyn says:

    Just stunning xx


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