Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Eco Fun ......

My friend Nat and I ventured up into the hills at Upwey last weekend to do an eco dyeing workshop with Jude Craig of Naturally Dyed.  What a fantastic day!!!!
Jude is a very talented and generous person,  sharing her home, her art, her supplies and her passion for eco dyeing with us.
The picture below is of Jude beside her piece "Miss Havershams Dress" (click for a closer look), it is wonderful in real life..... and the dressmakers dummy beside her is adorned with a rusty piece of metal (I think part of a wire base of an old bed).  This is Jude's inspiration for work she is doing for an upcoming exhibition later this year with a couple of sculptors from her area. 

We spend the first part of our morning being inspired by pieces of Judes art in her home and studio and then after Jude does a quick demonstration of her process we are let loose in the studio.  Bundles of various eucalypts, wattles, prunus.....all types of flora there for our use.  Wonderful rusty objects  to be used.....coils, copper pipes, old car bits...a great collection.  I am afraid I havent been able to upload most of my photos because blogger is playing up at the minute.  Pop over to Nat's blog,  she has lots of wonderful photos from the day!

 One of the best parts of the day was when we gathered to unravel our bundles....to see what surprises awaited.
My piece on the left and Nat's on the right....drying on some metal pieces out in the garden.  Glorious colours from onion skins, prunus and carrots (the dark piece on mine is from the metal it was wrapped around).  This picture makes me think I might make some prayer flags out of some of this fabric.

So much fun and a very inspirational.  We each made many, many bundles so I have a whole new stash of fabrics to use in my latest cloth.  I dyed up silk velvet, silk lining from old kimono's, silk organza,  wool flannel and felted wool (thank you Jillian) and some lovely threads....I'm all set for a while.

If you are ever in Melbourne check out if Jude is having a workshop.....Such fun!


IF  SHE  GOT  REALLY  QUIET  AND  LISTENED,
NEW  PARTS  OF  HER  WANTED  TO  SPEAK.

-SARK-

Enjoy your week!

Jacky xox

15 comments:

deanna7trees said...

magnificent pieces. and it looks like it was such a fun day. nice that you and Nat can share time together.

Jeannie said...

I love the pieces of cloth you dyed, but I love even more the fun time you had with like minded friends. Enjoy your fabrics!

jude said...

looks similar to india flint's methods.

Jenxo said...

what a great day and it is perfect weather to be dying at the moment... i would love to get into natural dying......

Notjustnat said...

Great day wasn't it! I love your piece with showing next to mine - Must get more purple carrots to play with - Hugs Nat

woman with wings said...

Jacky, well I'm so jealous of you and Nat! It looks like such a great time and you have such beautiful cloth from the day. The unraveling time looks very ritual-like. Each woman revealing her plant magic, almost sacred. That reminds me to be centered when I unroll cloth from now on. And I love the quote, maybe the unrolling of the cloth is the new part speaking? xo

Hermine said...

Wow, they turned out gorgeous!!!

grrl + dog said...

I love the deep pink, almost fuchsia colors you have ended up with.

yummy.

Philippa said...

Hi Jacky - looks like you had a fabulous time. Have had a look at Nat and Jude's blogs and an very envious. Looks like just the sort of workshop I could do with at the moment! Looking forward to seeing more of your pieces.

Take care. Philippa

Marilyn Rock said...

What a fun day - gorgeous pieces!

Judy Martin said...

Beautiful fabrics.
I agree with everyone here that it is nice that you are able to get together with like minded friends and do a project like this.

art spirit said...

Looks like a wonderful gathering!
Love all the hand dyed fabic you made...and your stitched pieces are so inspirational.

Linda said...

Jacky, your dyed fabrics are so beautiful! (I had a peep on Nat's blog too) I am very envious of you both....

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh! How lovely this class looks. I wish I could have been there to open the bundles too... maybe I will try my own!!! Beautiful post!
roxanne

Ro Bruhn said...

What a great day. I'm amazed I don't know the lady she's practically a neighbour.