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March 25, 2015

I feel ‘the whole is still more important than a part’ in any patterned fabric, yet I can not resist and would like to show you today few details of fabrics I have just printed with plants.

linen cotton blend

eco print

ivy leaf, silk

print

 on cotton

rose print

 some very spooky faces on silk

faces

how many can you count?

faces

and some lovely abstract pattern & colour on silk

pattern

 

pattern

pattern

for Aoife

March 13, 2015

my imaginary muse

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aoife jewellery

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Aoife detail

windfall eucalyptus on linen viscose

I printed in 2012

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for Aoife

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Aoife is Gaelic form of the name of Eve. Other sources say it’s an Irish girl’s name.

 

Benalban / woman of Scotland

March 6, 2015

cotton & elastin, locally foraged leaves

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wrap skirt

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wrap skirt

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cotton skirt

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eco print

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small things

March 4, 2015

take sometimes very long to finish.

felt purse

I procrastinated – this is the first time I was about to glue the frame to felted purse… will it work?

handmade purse

I have never made a sewn one before either…

It did work and very well. When you are choosing frame, don’t go for the one you need to sew in, the wholes are usually punched only on the outside and it’s very awkward to get the needle through narrow space between frame sides.

textile necklace

The beads for this necklace – I must have made at least two years ago. They are made from plant dyed silk ribbon tightly sewn into a round shape. A little bit chunky, yet lightweight.

textile necklace

print & pattern

February 27, 2015

Dyer in me is always delighted when I get clearly defined shapes of plants on fabric; as  a designer/maker it’s abstract and organic patterns which make my heart skip a beat. This is something I would love to explore more in the future, either by dyeing/eco printing or other techniques.

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The effect you see here I created by crushing dry plants and then eco printing them on silk. The colours are muted and for a while I wasn’t sure what to do with the cloth, esp. how to make the most of the pattern which varies across it and generally, how to minimize the waste. When you spend days waiting for the pigment to bond with the fibre and then weeks/months before washing so that the colours are fast, you really don’t want too many remnants..!

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Eventually I settled on the idea of a large size dress which could  be worn as a tunic  or just a knee length number and adapted pattern I drafted for this printed tunic. Only later I added straps at the waist and to my delight they have made the dress very versatile. Worn lose it will fit bigger sizes, tied tighter, at the back or even at the front, it suddenly fits  size M-S without looking big and baggy!

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Free offer of the pattern for the dress is now closed. The pattern will be available from my shop later in March.

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shibori pattern *

print and pattern

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silk dress

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eco print dress

MAIRI

February 21, 2015

is Gaelic for Mary

here it’s a name of a silk top

eco printed silk blouse

I printed fabric first, with cotinus, variety of rose leaves and eucalyptus and then hand sewn. I am delighted with this piece. These are my colours and the drape of the silk is just wonderful.

ecoclothing

Mavourna

February 19, 2015
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I thought if I am using locally sourced plants to print on fabric (or mostly, with exception of silver dollar which is I think from Ireland) I will give the pieces Scottish names. Some are Gaelic and some Celtic. Gaelic is just one of Celtic languages. It is still spoken here in Scotland, mainly on the west coast and western islands. There has been an effort made to keep it alive by opening Gaelic primary school in Inverness; the language is also taught at high school (optional) and the sign posts of towns and villages are both in English and Gaelic in most part of Scotland. It’s a very different language to English, with many consonants and few vowels in words.

MAVOURNA is a Celtic girl’s name meaning little darling.

I printed this little piece of cotton with local eucalyptus windfall, leaves and pods. There was just enough to make a 16 x 16 inch cushion cover and ALMEDA pouch from the previous post.

front

printed with plants

and back

printed cushion cover

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