It all began with a trip to the Adelaide Hills to visit a friend who had just moved into a new house one weekend. On the way, I saw a massive E Cinerea with a huge variety of leaf types and sizes. On the way back, we made a brief stop to harvest a few of the leaves overhanging a car park.
That evening, we went to my parents’ for dinner, and I asked my father if he had any metal disks. He helpfully offered quite a range of recycled washers and then asked a lot of questions. I underestimated his interest in understanding what I’m doing and how he could help me out! This led him to suggest bottle tops (up there for thinking! Why didn’t I have that thought? Surely I have heard this idea before…). He also offered me clamps. He really felt that bulldog clips (my suggestion) might not be strong enough. He had a collection of tired old clamps he didn’t want, so I chose some and headed home with all kinds of ideas.
There was ironing and folding and general faffing, until I crammed all I could into the pot. The pot, it must be said, is not designed for G clamps in large sizes and numbers.
I like the results a lot, though when you try any approach new to you, there is always a lot to experiment with. Perhaps the bulldog clips would actually be better?
In this piece the holes in the piece of metal I used have allowed the dye bath in to create dots…
I tried some silk…
And I love these strips, inspired by Jude Hill’s indigo moons. Only different. I found myself wondering what shape I would really like to create, and answering with the thought that the shape of a leaf is very difficult to improve upon. I love leaves so much. The second round hit the dye bath in double quick time!