The excitement is always there - from opening my first bundle of fabric to unrolling the latest print, it’s the magic of the unveiling. What colours have I managed to transfer this time? Did the tree that is just donning its Autumn glad rags give me a gorgeous gold? Or even better a purple? Wow, the joy in being able to capture these colours is ‘tres bon’.
Welcome to my world of eco-printing...
I can no longer just drive along the road without scanning the roadsides (or peoples' gardens haha) for any leaves I might be able to forage. Every plant I buy has to have a double purpose - to look great in my garden AND to be able to use it for printing or dyeing. When visiting friends I disappear, only to be found with secateurs in my hand taking cuttings... (with their permission of course)!! I don’t even mind pruning and dead heading now, as this results in wheelbarrows full of bounty. Our floor rugs in the lounge grow higher and higher with layers of newspapers under them full of leaves drying for future use.
Talking of permission, I do take the time to thank the plant or tree and ask for its permission to harvest any leaves or flowers. I like to think they are happy that some of their essence can be shared, so that others can also admire their form, colour and beauty. And have the joy of wearing something that had been printed by nature itself.