storyteller, forest wanderer & tumbleweed, stargazer & stitcher, botanical alchemist & string twiner, working traveller, dreamer, writer

 and the original discoverer of the eucalyptus ecoprint

...dyeing for a living in the deep south

 


 

a new publication with stories and images of the work in 

fieldnotes

[currently showing in New Orleans]

is available here

 

 

 

I work with cloth, paper, felt, weaving, stitch and bio-regionally gathered ecologically sustainable dyes - a rather long-winded way of saying "windfallen leaves, bark, weeds and earth pigments". 

 

 

my work conflates the visual and written poetics of place and memory, using ecologically sustainable contact print processes from plants and found objects together with walking, drawing, assemblage, mending, stitch and text as a means of mapping country, recoding and recording responses to landscape - working with cloth, paper, stone, windfall biological material, water, minerals, bones, the discarded artifacts and hard detritus of human habitation, the local weed burden. the work has been described as using " the earth as the printing plate and time as the press"

i negotiate a path between installation, printing, painting, drawing, writing and sculpture - immersing myself in and paying deep attention to the environment, gathering thought and experience, imagery and marks, as well as harvesting materials for making; trying to step lightly on the land while being nourished by it. the work of each day, philosophically rooted in topophilia [the love of place] literally begins with a walk.

 

photo : Christi Carter

 

 

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From time to time I make costumes for dance and dresses for celebrations

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every now and then I can be found rearranging stones in the landscape

 

 

 

 

 

 all photos on this site by India Flint unless otherwise attributed