top-bottom: these tiny bundles remind me of a platter of norimaki, maguro, tekkamaki, and tamagoyaki delectably arranged on a wood surface (tongue-in-cheek expression)
One weekend, I took a ride with a girlfriend of mine to a wholesale flower mart in downtown San Francisco. This place has over fifty vendors specializing in a large variety of cut flowers, foliage, plants, and floral supplies. It is one of the largest and the best place to be if you want to get fresh flowers. I got a bunch of Galax urceolata, a few stalks of Leucospermum or protea cordifolium, Cupressus funebri, or mourning cypress, and Eucalyptus. I especially love the Galax or beetleweed. The leaf is rounded heart shape with a shiny surface and it is use in making corsage and boutonnières in the floristry industry. Following are pictures of eco-print experiments I made with some of these plants.
Galax or beetleweed
Leucospermum, also known as protea cordifolium or pincushion. They are hardy plants and make for lasting flower arrangement.
silk bundles tied up in cut untreated wood, ready for the dye pot
Freshly steamed bundles, ready to be opened.
test #1: Leucospermum or protea cordifolium
deep prints from the leaves of Leucospermum or protea cordifolium
colors showing on both sides of fabric
mirrored image of leaf print
love the reddish-brown color—almost russet
test #2: Cupressus funebris, or mourning cypress. The leaf is flat and lacy and scale-like
streaks of sage green, with grey and white from tied string markings
I love every moment of this–unwrapping each fold to see what’s inside
Woohoo–the alchemy of eco printing is truly satisfying.
test #3: Citronella, or mosquito plant–a must have for the summer to repel bugs and mosquitoes
brownish and white prints from tied strings marking, leaf showing light stain
soft mushy leaf with little color print–not a good candidate for eco printing. However, the bundle gives out an incense-like odor
test #4: Galax urceolata or beetleweed
dark streaks and color migration–exciting
the spent leaf is jet-dark in color–almost like the Japanese nori in sushi
mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
sunny yellow against brownish and charcoal background with coal-black and white from tied strings markings
Today’s eco-dyeing experiment has produced some unexpected and amazing results. The addition of vinegar (acetic acid) into the water in the dye-pot has caused a chemical reaction resulting in these beautiful colors.
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