During the autumn months of 2015 I created a collection of silk scarves using layerings of ecoprints, botanical dyes and resist dye techniques. As an artist with a background in painting and printmaking I have always enjoyed complex layerings of colour and texture. I have been observing within the ‘ecoprint’ community that there seems to be a preference for exact detail of the leaves and other botanical material. In my opinion this is often at the expense of the subtle nuances of colour that ecoprinting can offer. I think this is due to an overuse of iron as a mordant. While iron does bring out details it also saddens and darkens colour. Iron can also affect the integrity of silk and can leave it duller and less ‘silky’. I always use alum as a mordant and I sometimes use iron in small amounts. My interest lies more in the painterly and playful effects of layered colour and texture and the infinite nuances of colour from botanical dyes and ecoprints than in reproducing the leaves exactly.
Where some may find the yellows and golds unwanted in the scarf below, I find it beautiful. Not using iron allows the golds and rusts of the coreopsis and the pale lilac blues of the cotinus to flourish. Where the warm and cold colours meet are an infinite variety of subtle greens.
On the subject of painting, during my recent show “Botanical” I had the pleasure of showing my work with the lovely miniature botanical paintings of artist Nadine Stefan. We decided to do this after noticing how our work complemented each other. It was so rewarding for us to see our work displayed together in this way. We had an almost sellout show!
Nadine Stefan is an artist who works in a wide variety of media. Check out her website here: Nadine Stefan
Here are a few more pieces from my collection – some have sold and others I have made available for purchase in my online gallery – Those still available appear first in my products, and following those I have left some of the sold ones for you to view. here: http://morgenbardati.bigcartel.com/
Moon and Leaves silk scarf – with leaves of maple, birch and cotinus coggygria ecoprints with cutch, brazilwood and indigo on crepe de chine
Blue green and gold ecoprints and itajime silk scarf – with madder, coreopsis, cotinus coggygria, maple and indigo on crepe de chine.
Landscape Illusion scarf – with black tea, cotinus coggygria leaves, coreopsis flowers, sumac leaves and indigo on medium weight silk habotai
Blue and Brown ecoprint and botanical dye silk scarf – with maple leaves, marigold and cotinus coggygria ecoprints with cutch, black tea and indigo on silk chiffon
Mother of Pearl and Flowers silk scarf – with black tea, brazilwood, coreopsis, cotinus coggygria leaves, indigo on sheer lightweight silk habotai
I wanted to extend a sincere thank you to all those of you who supported our show “Botanical”, both locally and afar. Also, many thanks to all of those who have emailed me recently with your kind words of encouragement – I appreciate you all very much. I am considering the idea of presenting a workshop – perhaps here in the Kootenays in the early Fall when the local leaves are strong with colour. I will keep you posted.