All flora holds the perfect mixture of science, magic and beauty. With minerals, tannins and alchemy I endeavour to coax the spirit of plants onto silk cloth, releasing their own pigments, no dyes are used. Botanicals are laid on treated cloth, rolled tightly around a dowel and steamed to release the plants juices, creating a lightfast pigment. The printed silk cloth is fused onto silk fusion to provide a stable backing. Handstitching, earth pigments, silver and gold leaf embellish the work. Flattened silk cocoons from Africa form a frame for the long pieces.
The Silk Fusion is made with unspun silk fibre (roving, which looks like locks of hair). The silk fibre is laid out in an organized fashion and fused together with a textile medium to create a fabric with some of the qualities of paper plus having the sheen of silk. The process of making silk fusion creates uneven, organic edges. All pieces are framed without glass. Art works are available for sale unless marked *. Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island, BC carries my work. Contact them by clicking the Gallery 8 link. For work with a price contact me for details.
Whispers from Plants - Smoke Bush 19 x 25 $600
Whispers from Plants - Liquid Amber 19 x 25 $600
Whispers from Plants - Fig and Gingko 19 x 25 $600
Whispers from Plants - Hydrangea
18 x 45 *
Whispers from Plants - Horsechestnut 18 x 54 *
Whispers from Plants - Oak
18 x 54 $1250
Whispers from Plants - Maples
18 x 54 *
Summer's End *
Maple Essence 19 x 25 Gallery 8