it's been a while now since the last post. John Lennon's famous quote comes to mind 'life is what happens while you're making other plans'.
i was invited to Canberra to teach a workshop in reconstructed fashion over the long weekend in June. despite Australia's generally republican leanings most of us are still quite happy to take a holiday to mark Betty Windsor's birthday.
the workshop participants however worked diligently over the weekend to make 'new' garments from a collection of wardrobe discards.
these were then overdyed - mostly in baths of eucalyptus dyes. there were a few onion-skin pots as well, to dye those fibres that resist everything else! eucalyptus has the added benefit of sanitizing pre-loved clothes and imparting a refreshing scent to the fabric. we may have added to our carbon footprints by heating a few dyepots but overall there was an ecological benefit...as thegarments emerged, transformed from their baptism to enjoy a new lease of life