OK, I admit it, I’m hooked! Nature’s colors rock! After 11 days of constant painting on silk at the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair (Another blog!) , I experimented with yet another technique for eco dyeing/printing and the results were gorgeous! (I admit it, I brag!)
I collected yet more leaves from maple trees and along the roadside as well as on my own mini-farm….adding to my collection so I would have leaves when the winter came. It wasn’t hard to enlist the help of my artist husband, Stephen Filarsky! I had hoped that some of the colors of these stunning fall maple trees would dye but the colors did not migrate to the silk….yet. I’ll keep trying 🙂
Fall maple trees
Working with iron, onion skins and pecans as a mordant in different batches, well, you’ll have to see the results!
The following scarves consist of silk eco-printed with an assortment and variation (in each) of maples, peonies, mimosa, oak, roses, pear, sumac and pecan to name a few natural ingredients.
onion skin mordant
Oak, maple and sumac were within a few of these silk scarves.
Peonies, ferns, maple and roses
A beautiful combination of colors-a surprise actually 🙂
maple leaves on silk
So real, it seems as though you could pluck them off the silk!
rose leaves from various old roses
Interesting how different roses printed differently.
Eco-printing on indigo dyed raw silk
The raw silk really takes the dye process. I had previously dyed this piece with indigo and was not happy with it-I am now 🙂
All of my silk work is being done in the small studio. At the moment I am heading off to a show and looking forward to free time after the weekend to experiment a bit more. Big show coming up towards the end of the month!