Yesterday I blogged about giving a short lesson to members of WAFTA on natural dyeing and eco-printing.
What do I do with all the fabric I produce?
Today I am recording my absolute pleasure at having had my entry into Stitched and Bound 2017 selected by the jury! Stitched and Bound is, as the title suggests, a quilting exhibition but over the past few years the criteria have been broadened to feature a wide range of textile art works that no longer have to be “bound” and only need to comply with a requirement that somewhere in them there are two layers held together by stitch. You can read all about this year’s exhibition here.
I can’t show you the whole work of course until the exhibition opens. It is a 2m long piece called “Windfall Wrap“. The name comes partly from the fact that I have coloured and printed the fabrics with plant materials found on the ground in my local wetland during my walks. The other “found” element is that many of the fabrics are recycled, even vintage, linens, cottons and silks. These fibres take natural dyes beautifully when they have been washed lots of times. The wrap is designed to be worn with either side showing and is also semi-transparent, allowing light to come through.
14 July can’t come soon enough. I am so looking forward to seeing all the innovative work in other entries at Zigzag Gallery in Kalamunda!