Forest Floor

A forest floor is a place of new beginnings, nurturing life from the detritus of the old, first drawing down the eye of the body and the eye of the mind so as to enable them together to look up and beyond.

Here are the first images of pieces for my upcoming show “Forest Floor”, July 2012 at the Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa. The work featured is contact printed with plants and rust on silks, linens, cotton and papers and stitched at various stages of the process.

“Eyes of the Forest” (22″ x 96″)

Silk habotai, contact printed with plants and rusted iron; hand stitched. Mounted for hanging on a plexi bar.

1. Section of the work, hanging.


2. Another section:


Third section:


Detail 1

Detail 2

Detail 3

Detail 4

Detail 5

Detail 6


Plants used for contact printing: red cabbage, safflower petals, Osage Orange (dye powder) rooibos tea, black tea.


About wendyfe

I am a fibre artist working in mixed media textiles with a focus on vintage cloth reworked with stitching, natural dyeing, eco printing and rust printing . My work can be seen at
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19 Responses to Forest Floor

  1. Lynda says:

    Thius is amazing…as well as beautiful.xx what caused the blue?xxlynda

  2. Chimo says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Truly worthy of a gallery showing. I love how the eyes look out – almost like a spirit of the forest. What weight of habotai did you use – the pigments transferred very well.

  3. wendyfe says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thank you for the great feedback.
    FYI, I used 8mm silk habotai for this panel.


  4. joni s says:

    owl eyes, linx eyes: very mysterious

  5. arlee says:

    Wendy, truly wonderful. I am reminded also of the trunks of trees with their eyes where branches were or might be.

  6. darcyberglandscape says:


    Darcy Berg

  7. Superb…… What a surprise nature can be

  8. This is really beautiful. I love the details.

  9. Bridgett A Kurtz says:

    I’m preparing for my first big show, and I’m so very inspired by this work. Thank you for sharing it.

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