Working with fabric rather than paper was new to me, as was the hand-stitching of the pieces of silk together. Luckily for me, I was free to stitch in my own way which was as rustic as the marks on the fabric!
I loved the wonderful aroma of eucalyptus, both on the fabric and in the cooking pots....much kinder on the nose than the pungency of cooking plant fibres to make paper.
As well as exploring new processes, I also learnt a couple of new things to take back to my art practice. One is to work 'mindfully'. The other is that I should look at alternatives to reduce the use of toxic chemicals and materials in my art practice - there are ways to create without resorting to the easiest and most obvious solution in a tin or aerosol.
Thank you to India and Roz for their hospitality over the 5 days.
|Bundles cooking in the pot|
|Bundles of cloth and leaves fresh out of the pot|
|Stitching in progress|
|The almost finished piece, stitched together lovingly|