Lightbulb moment

Finally worked out what to do with these mini canvases – I’ve only had them for 3 or 4 years! I steamed the papers after layering them with rusty iron nails and eucalyptus leaves. Papers first dipped in iron water.  
‘Landmarks’ – limited edition original eco prints by Rita Summers, signed, numbered and dated. Size: 8 cm x 10 cm (including canvas).

Rust and Relaxation

Shouldn’t that read Rest and Relaxation? Well yes, and no.

My idea of relaxing (having given myself the day off) is making. So that’s what I’m doing!

I dug out some vintage linens which I eco dyed some time ago, and wrapped them around rusty pieces of iron after dipping them in a vinegar/water solution (a 1920’s cotton slip, a Victorian chemise, doileys and several table napkins). Now all I have to do is wait for the sun to do the rest. Not that it’s very sunny today but I can hope.


Next, I decided to try the steaming method for eco printing. Three tops – two silk and one cotton – were layered with various combinations of eucalyptus and banksia leaves, onion skins and red dahlia flowers. I also used foil in two of the bundles as a ‘blanket’ to hopefully influence the colour and give some separation to the layers.


After allowing the bundles to steam for 1.5 hours, I opened them at various intervals to see if that made any difference. Next time I don’t think I’ll wait!

I’m pretty happy with my first try at eco printing using the steaming method. Here is silk top no. 1:

And silk top no. 2:

And last but not least, top no. 3, which is cotton:

I have a few thoughts on how I can improve on it though! How about you?

new youtube video

I now have my own YouTube channel! I will use this to publicise my art and my business. First up – ‘Landmarks’, a presentation about my handmade book series of that name. Enjoy!

more handmade books

rusted and stitched upcycled papers, some shibori pleating, eco dying and corrugated cardboard altered to look like rusty iron; hand stitched coptic binding