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.
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