Another new work from the show - a collection of 12 natural dye prints all made on one day in late summer. The method is basically eco printing on paper. I gathered fresh plants and folded them between watercolor paper lightly mordanted with aluminum sulfate, then went to work on the bundle with a sledgehammer. A brief soak in steaming water coaxed out the pigments, giving an aura to each plant image. The edition of 2 books holds mirrored prints (made between the folded paper), with a silk cover dyed and printed with an armful of wildflowers and joined with a herringbone stitch.
Because some of the colorants in each print are not lightfast, they will gradually fade over time. Eventually only the permanent colors will remain, leaving a ghostly gray image of the ephemeral pigments.