I took some dark red lilies to my friend Liz’ place a few weeks ago. Liz returned them to me once they’d died. She’d torn them up, complete with their yellow stamens, and wrapped them tightly in a piece of silk. It looks like a 2ply Cambodian hand woven fat quarter.
Resisting the temptation to unroll too quickly, I left the damp lump in its plastic bag for a week. On removing it yesterday I found a rich embellishment of mossy looking mould.
It took quite a while to rinse, with a lot of vegetable matter for the compost being rescued from the sink drain!
Finally and after much “picking” with finger nails of bits that had adhered tightly to the silk, I was able to wash in pure soap flakes and press.
Thanks Liz!! Can I use this in another work for the MELD exhibition?