The integration of manipulation by hand and the fibres of nature are presented here with a wearable work which is knitted in silk ribbon, then hand woven into the silk stitches with wool and silk. The work is then altered again through knitting in sculptural ways, then touches of crochet to finish the garment. It is from this base, which took 3 months I worked in eco dyes of eucalyptus to embed nature’s colours. The work then returns to its environment to stand proudly in a harmonious way to sing its roots as part of nature, giving back in aesthetic ways for the wearer to keep close to their body.
100% fine wool, eco dyed with eucalyptus leaves 40 x 200cm
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When nature takes on itself, there are dramatic changes, the earth, minerals and carbon are forces in nature that change with intense heat, pressure and climate. This work is one influenced by those forces in front of me at my studio, the smoke and fire a symbol of earth’s power and ability to create change and transform. The eco dyed scarf it’s mirror; reflecting the smoke and carbon metaphorically. But this too has been changed by nature, earth, minerals and chemicals found in the eucalyptus leaves, heat from a flame and the pot to transform into a new dimension of understanding.
When my work is put back into the environment there is a distinctive integration which blurs the boundaries between process and nature. Explore the image created by photographer Imants Krumins and see how seamlessly those boundaries are blurred. My work takes from nature to extract colour, texture is created by knitting, weaving and crochet. The work is placed in environments near my studio in Tasmania and they become one again.