I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica where we had the opportunity to visit the Santa Elena cloud forest in Monteverde. This high elevation forest has canopy level cloud cover which provides a continuous source of moisture resulting in dense and abundant vegetation. Visiting this amazing environment you feel completely immersed in a magical green world of overlapping leaves and entwined branches. Plants, trees, lichens and mosses grow everywhere, even on each other. Each one competes for their own little bit of light and it becomes difficult to see where one tree or plant begins and ends.
Inspired by the multitude of leaf designs in this lush environment I began working on some designs for my textiles as soon as I returned home. The cotton fabric shown above has been dyed in layers of colour and then discharge screen printed with one of my new leaf designs. Even the pink of the bougainvillea which grows all over Costa Rica has found it’s way into my work. This is a nice sized piece of fabric, about 3 metres long. I’m planning on making a skirt with it as part of my summer collection.