dyeing, fiber art

A little of this, a little of that

Weekend before last, I dyed this white cotton tank top from Dharma Trading with turmeric, soda ash, cream of tartar, and bundled it up around a stick with oak leaves and steamed it. Then I dipped it in some water with a scrap piece of iron and some vinegar to take the edge of that brilliant yellow. Now it has been in the wash twice and is much more tan. I’m going to bundle it again with some eucalyptus leaves and steam it. Maybe add some fig leaves. The material feels so light and soft.

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Scenes like these on my walk home from work made me consider doing the visual diary journal again:

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I remember when I was little I found a whole continent in the roots of a large oak tree – mountains, valleys, lakes, forests…

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