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.



22 thoughts on “Forest Floor

  1. 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.

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

  3. This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen Wendy!!! I found you via pinterest when thinking about embarking on a silk dye for my sister using her wedding flowers. Do you have any videos of your process? I am going to slowly work my way through your blog now…!

    1. Hello Jessie – I am late getting to your question. Sorry, no, I do not have any videos. All text and photos! Hope you have found some tips anyway

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