The plant matter for these tops was sourced from Wathaurong and Kabi Kabi country
Each piece created is an invitation for me to drop into the present moment, to feel into where I am in that moment, to reach for each leaf and allow it to guide me to where it needs to be placed. I am process led and these works take several hours of pre-preparation, creation, boiling and curing time. As each piece emerges from the cauldron and I get to witness the imbued prints in the fabric as they reflect to me my experiences. These are symbolic representations of me and my experience in reciprocity with the natural living world.
This piece needs to be cared for as you would care for yourself or any other living organism. They are imprinted with living colour that morphiates and changes as you engage with it. The PH of your water or the detergent you use will alter and change the colour pallet, and allow this piece to change with you. Only wash it when it feels dirty, wash in gently in cold water. Don’t use nasty chemicals, keep it natural. Dry it in the shade and mend it if it needs repairs. I do offer re-dyes/repairs if you decided years later you want it to be refreshed. The fabric holds memory so it's always beautiful to cleanse and re-energise it with new seasonal energy.
These images don’t fully express the colour pallet of the prints. I often find it most challenging to take photos of living colour in fabric. (One day I’ll upskill my photography abilities.) There are so many colour hues that I just cannot capture at a distance. But for now, you can hover over the images and get a closer look. Please feel free to email and ask any questions. Each piece is created from upcycled and second-hand fabrics, therefore you may find some imperfections and irregularities that have been embraced as part of the artistic process.