gumleaf sauerkraut silk

I unrolled this small silk bundle this morning, It looked dark grey and smelt of gumleaves and sauerkraut, and I was surprised at the vibrant colours that were revealed, even some turquoise from the copper that I had wound the silk around. This year I have had some very peculiar brews of indigo, leaves, vegetables: the strange unravelled cookpot. I have been invited to run plant print and dye weekend at Rusty Roo Artist retreat this May. All plant dyes need time, and they seem to choose their own colours. The brews, pickling smells and alchemy of the process have a certain witchy quality. Some photos:

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