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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Another summer

My husbands mother for decades declared she wouldn't "make it through another summer". She was of course eventually correct. We have a maidenhair fern on our front porch that we salvaged from her garden. It was in a pot that had almost completely fallen apart and had always been there. This plant has come to the brink of death on many a summer day, through some neglect in watering but still manages to survive. I cut a frond off to see if it would make a nice resist in some dyeing. I thought I had tried it long ago for colour with no luck. so was only going for the shape.
Look what happened on some optim and silk. Some more pretties follow.










You can see I got a bit carried away with the little star leaf of this weed. But it is kinda nice.


21 comments:

Mia Foley said...

These are like ethereal paintings Pam...so beautiful! Look forward to seeing how you end up using them : )

diana said...

It,s simply beautifil!Warm greetings from Poland:)))

vilterietje said...

pam it is amazing! love it verymuch, love from holland:)

iNd!@nA said...

it's what i love about making bundles...that you need far less plant material than the traditional 1:1 weight ratio AND you get the added bonus of creating an image that you couldn't possibly devise any other way

Els said...

the most beautiful variation in both form and colour!
(the little star-like leaf looks a bit like a sort of geranium ?...)

Yvonne said...

And the life of the fern is a memory on cloth - beautiful.

Clasheen said...

These are so beautiful Pam, stunning!!! Greetings from a very wet and windy Ireland. XXX

Holly said...

You do such beautiful work with natural dyes! So jealous of your native plants!

Valerianna said...

I like how "carried away" you got with that star-leaf. Gives the cloth a wonderful patterning.

Anonymous said...

Sigh, it's soo unfair to show this when we have an approaching winter over here in the North of Germany (yesterday the geese started to fly away into warmer areas to the South)(last month we already had snow in the higher parts of the mountains)!
And we don't have eukalyptus, whose prints I like a lot :(
Have fun working on with these gifts of nature.
Thoma

Dawn Edwards said...

Oh, Pam, these images are lovely. Equally as lovely, that they carry the memory of your mother-in-law. Thank you so much for sharing.

Hugs,
Dawn

KerryFelter said...

Pam, they are lovely. I am getting interested in natural dyeing now that I have the space to experiment a bit in my studio. What do you use as a mordant? Is there a decent book to read/buy? Acid dyeing is so easy, but I like the imprint of nature on fabric. Totally different. Hope you & family are well...xx

Arlenesfelt said...

Very beautiful work!

Pam de Groot said...

These were scarves for all the christmas sales. She says hopefully.

Marie said...

Utterly lovely !

Heather Woollove said...

Lovely...and a beautiful reminder of a tenacious woman!

Velma said...

these prints are fine, lovely.

krex said...

I can't believe how clear the details of each plant are...I rarely see such detail and all images are really lovely and amazing .

yvette said...

beautiful...absolutely in love with your maidenhair and wild geranium.
Your header is great too!!! (you listened)

Shelley Whiting said...

Your fabric pieces are very soft and delicate. I love how poetic and mysterious they are. Beautiful and lovely works.

Terrie said...

They're absolutely gorgeous prints, so delicate and lovely of star-like and the pale green of ferms. Love all your work and can't stop reading from the latest to this. Following you great artist.

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