The colours look so much softer in the photograph .
The first dyed fibre with the lighter next dye
Lobaria pulmonaria grows profusely in my local area of the Argyll West Coast . Our high rainfall and frequent winds allows me to have plenty of windfall plant material . The dye pot had already been used in an early workshop and to the second use i added onion skins .
The resulting golden yellow brown is alive with a life chemical dyes do not give the fibres i use in my work. The second range of paler shades was a third use of the dye pot and the contrast is just perfect with the range of silks and wool breeds dyed .
Dyeing can be simple and for some dye matter a mordant is not needed to assist the dye to fix to the the fibres .
The connection of my work to the natural world around me is so important.