|Still Dry detail|
The challenge was posted while I was on holiday on a small island in San Pablo Bay, opposite Vallejo CA. When the island was developed in the 1800's it served as the first US Naval port on the west coast, in response to Russia's trade in timber, moving from Alaska into N. CA. Mare Island served as a military station and a ship building and repair yard until it was de-commissioned in the 1990's and became the property of the city of Vallejo.
|Still Dry full (24" x 40")|
The part of this story that is relevant to Sue's challenge is the 150 year old stand of eucalyptus. They are grand things, and while we were on holiday they were shedding their thin bark strips.
The timing was perfect. Sue's challenge and my affection for eucalyptus. I harvested armloads of bark, packed them up and shipped them home where I tried my hand at "non-invasive to my immune system" dyeing. I decided the best tack would be to boil the chips in a big vat for several hours outside on my grille. After sieving the broth into another vat, I boiled a cotton sheet with black printed leaves that I'd found at a thrift store and a piece of bright gold cotton for several hours.
My results were not flashy. Indeed they were dull. The white turned meh, a tad cream, and the gold turned brass. But I did like change.
Still Dry's color will probably not be permanent, surely could not stand up to repeated washings.
My theme, Exotic, continues to look at global warning and subsequent climate changes. This piece is pieced with the dyed and commercial cottons, It is machine and hand stitched.