Monday, 19 January 2009

brilliant beauty [though i say it myself]

ooh and aah seem to be the predominant noises we're hearing in this workshop. the colours from plants seem to be particularly brilliant here on the Kapiti coast. somehow the combination of climate, soil, flora and water conspire to send forth jewel-like brilliance...

above, a bark sample on an old wool blanket, made by a student

a bundle on wool gabardine, by another student

and those last three, details of a fragment of merino jersey, dyed by your correspondent...


  1. If there had not been the silver nitrate method, maybe the history of photography would have gone this way.

  2. Wowee, I bet they were pleased as Punch!

  3. funny you should say that, Eva...a couple of years ago I was introduced to an artist [in Wellington, NZ] who printed photographic images on to large dried leaves using a [secret] technique she had developed [pun intended] my workshop students at Massey University who very kindly gave me one of her works as a farewell present.
    the work is very fragile, so much so that it can only be retrieved from darkness and viewed once a year ...and then not in direct sunlight.
    the negatives were traditionally processed, but the printing of the 'positive' on the leaf quite extraordinary...

  4. Fantastic samples India, sounds like it is another great workshop. And don't those leaf prints look amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us.


  5. i will say it too. brilliant.

  6. Oh Yum! lovely lovely colours.I think I must try merino jersey but I don't think we will get those jewel like colours in the UK-sigh

  7. Beautiful work....came here via crescendoh today. What a beautiful place to land!