new season, new wardrobe

shawl wrap in pines, eucalyptus, and seed pods

Eco printing on wool is so lovely. Since wool is a protein fiber it takes up natural dyes or pigments like “ducks to water”.  I am having a wonderful time bundling and exploring the colors of this season. This shawl wrap was made with casaurina pines, eucalyptus and its seed pods. Before I bundled it up for steaming, I placed a piece of silk over the wool and plant materials. The silk acts like a resist and prints from the wool are mirrored onto the silk, thus I get 2 pieces of artwork.

mirrored prints from wool onto silk

markings from eucalyptus seed pods

markings from Abies grandis (grand fir)

grand fir needles

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2 Responses to new season, new wardrobe

  1. Raisa Snyder says:

    Melinda,
    your shawls are beautiful.
    Raisa.

    Like

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