Eco Prints Late September 2011, a set on Flickr – member of the Botanical Alchemy Group
The first two pics show my latest eco prints on lichen dyed silk, followed by some faves of the summer.
The lichen (forest floor refuse) is probably lobaria pulmonaria and gave a bronze colour after immersion dyeing a silk panel. Layers of other steamed eco prints followed: perennial geranium leaf, rose leaf, purple sandcherry leaf and Saskatoon berry leaf (a relative of the Serviceberry, amelanchier family), I am intrigued by the various and dark greens that emerged, as if an iron modifier had been applied. Early in the season, say June or July, geranium, for example, gives bright yellow-green. There are pale turquoise leaf resist patterns as well as both light and dark prints of the Saskatoon berry leaf.
The three eco prints following show eucalyptus – from the florist, alas – printing yellow greens (with alum), dark browns, blue-blacks (with alum and iron) and pinks (with alum, sandcherry, purple basil and marigold) …then in the last two we have a vintage linen printed with sumac berries for dark reddish pinks, mordanted with alum and sumac leaves (giving an incidental greenish yellow) and modified to turquoise here and there with splashes of ammonia. Vinateg linen takes eco printing and dyeing well because of much laundering in its history, thus the fibres are well scoured and prepared to receive colours.
The last print shown comes from a whole plant of Golden Rod bundled in alum mordanted silk and steamed. I love the long pointy green leaf prints.
I am now a member of the Botanical Alchemy group on Flickr. Members there report on their eco dyeing and printing first learned from India Flint (see side bar links), an Australian artist and writer.