There are many parts of the technique of eco printing. It is all about using the right ingredients with the right technical knowledge, very different from my hand painting. This sensational scarf has all of them thrown at it to create a fab scarf with browns and blacks and aubergine colours. When I roll the scarf into a bundle, I don’t use a barrier sheet which means that the print of the leaf can repeat through the layers of the silk, giving a more abstract design called “ghosting”. Once I have steamed it for two hours, I then “modify” it, which means I dip it in rust water and make it change colour to richer, more earthy shades. It’s a striking scarf that sings of nature and it’s origins.
Brazilwood with Blackberry & Sumac Leaves
45 x 180 cms