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Falling. Hard.


Fabric bundles with dyestuffs inside, ready to be unbundled and examined.

After about five days, my bundles started to mildew, so I stuck them in the freezer per instructions. When I thawed them several days later, the mildew was still growing, so I declared them done and unwrapped them prematurely, only to be totally gobsmacked by their exciting beauty.


Above, soy mordanted bundle with strings removed, ready to be unrolled. Milk mordanted bundle in the background.


Above, the backs of two fabrics prior to removing the leaves. Top, milk mordanted. Bottom, soy mordanted. On the bottom fabric, I LOVE the yellow leaf print with the black outlines, which are likely from iron and tannin in the leaves combining.


Above, milk bundle opened up. On the right-hand side, note the small, orangish pips from the seedy, unopened eucalyptus pods. ADORE. I think the yellow is from the gingko leaves, and possibly the eucalyptus. These dyes ran, and colored the background, as opposed to creating a solid leaf print. I love it.


Above, inside of the soy mordanted bundle. Along with the black-outlined yellow leaf, my heart beats fast over the outline made by the red bottle brush flower. It’s near the midline crease, in the upper quarter.


Above, here’s the bottle brush image, closer in.


Above, milk-mordanted maple leaf.


Above, milk-mordanted eucalyptus leaf.


Above, the entire soy-mordanted panel. The gingko leaves made firmer impressions here, yet the dye still ran, giving me a pure, yellow background that I love.


Above, purple, orange, and black maple leaf print on the edge of the soy-mordanted panel.


Above, these two smaller urine-mordanted panels were a surprise. In line with earlier urine-mordanted samples, I expected these to be boring and dull. Instead, they have gorgeous, subtle depth of color, shadings that raise my pulse rate, and one has a nearly pristine maple print.


Above, closer up on the urine-mordanted maple print, other fabrics layered behind.


Above, the edges make me drool. I am very excited by the edges.


Above, hanging to dry. Soy left, milk right.


Still wet; still beautiful.


Can’t stop taking pictures.




Aren’t they sweet? I will let them dry and cure for a few weeks, wash and press them, and then show you the final results.

But now that I’ve lured you in with all this beauty, I have to tell you the sad part, which is that these fabrics will fade an unpredictable amount as they dry. I think they will still be beautiful, I’m guessing they will not be as bright.

Isn’t that always the way with brightness?

But I will still love them.

15 thoughts on “Falling. Hard.

  1. Sheesh, if I knew how much you enjoyed the color of mildewed things, I would have saved you that moldy old sheet from the cattery! There’s some urine mordanting for ya!!!


  2. These are breathtaking!

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  3. Could you adhere to wood and poly spray the hell out of them to preserve color? Very beautiful.

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  4. Wonderful, Curvy. I know how you love your textiles and I know the camera doesn’t do them justice and I know how much work it takes to create these… Like hiking through endless fields of poison oak. But until I saw it was you, I thought somebody was posting something from a bloody crime scene!!! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. Love you!

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