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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Headdress in full flight.

I promised a pic of the headdress on, and here it is. The weather was a bit crap so the constant drizzle played havoc with the stiffening. It was a bit floppy by the top of the hill at the festival. I also had some fun dyeing more luscious bush. These photos are some of the scarves I made.






16 comments:

Ladka said...

Very, very interesting! And I know the pictures don't even do them justice...

GIfelt said...

E' un lavoro straordinario sia dal lato artistico che da quello tecnico. Come ti invidio! Vieni in Italia a fare corsi?
Giulia

Ginga Squid said...

FABULOUS!!!!!

Those colours are so very gorgeous.

Pam de Groot said...

Thanks Ladka and Ginga. You know I had alot of fun making it all. I just love the challenge.
GI I would love to come to Italy! I need a new pair of boots too. Do you think I'd find any?

fiona d said...

amazing - I love the colours but also how sculptural they are

florcita said...

I absolutely love the tones you get with the dyeing. Gorgeous.
The head piece is a master piece!

Leisurely Lesley said...

Well,I'm impressed. What are your secrets to getting such amazing colours? At the India Flint workshop you were always getting better colour than others. What vegetation have you used in these pieces? Great work.

Pam de Groot said...

Thanks Fiona and Marion
Nice to hear from you Lesley. I used a dye bath of the Eucalyptus Cinerea I collected from the council clean up in copper and aluminium pots. I used some of the iron spikes we collected and I had some large flat steel rectangles and shibori folded the felt inside these. I didn't have too many in the pot at once and gave them a good boil for at least two hours, left them to cool in the water and opened the next day. The leaves inside are cinerea and others I've found nearby that I have no idea what they are. We don't seem to have any thing like the trees in Victoria so I'm still experimenting with what I can find. The banksia leaf resist print is a leaf I brought back and keep recycling. I spose it will fall apart soon but it is such a beautiful structural shape.

Leisurely Lesley said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I am planning on getting the pot boiling today.

Arlenesfelt said...

What an exciting post. Great to see the headpiece in action, so to speak! But my favorite are the scarves....absolutely gorgeous. I love the rich and earthy fall colors.

planettreasures said...

the headdress is spectacular,
Pam.
I hope it survived the drizzle.
I had a good day. Did you?
By the way well done for the little article in Blue Mountains Life mag, the bag looks great!

yvette said...

Pam, so lovely, the hat but i'm absolutely addicted to your euca scarf!
I would be so happy if i could get the colours as you have them..but i'm just starting ecodying

yvette

T said...

love your scarves pam, you obviously learned well from India's workshop, and your head dress is amazing...

I will have to get my dye pots going too.
xt

Pam de Groot said...

Thankyou for all the lovely comments. The eucalyptus dyeing is completely addictive. Each piece is like a little story. The unwrapping is like the opening of the kiln from my potting days. You never know what will be inside. I gaze at the items and see something new and special each time.

fontaineflleurie said...

what if...you make a combination of the headdress and euca-prints - it's amazing what you have achieved in such a short time and it makes me realise that I have to learn a lot more.. I admire your work, xDorie

Yvonne said...

The head dress looks magnificent on! And your scarves... Gorgeous texture, shape, colour and value. Really beautiful work, Pam.

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