This is what greets me at the gate when I come home from the gallery.
Dyeing silk a second time with dye extracted from red rhododendron flowers.
After successfully eco printing with rhododendron flowers on rice paper last week, let’s see what happens on silk!
Thank you to friends Bob and Mary for letting me raid their garden!
Bundles ready for steaming; pre-dyed with purple carrot (cooking water), native cherry or banksia. Various leaves between the layers.
This is the colour you get on silk with the cooking water from purple carrots! Alum added; simmered for one hour and left to cool overnight before removal.