exhibit: embroidered botanical illustrations

  birch botanical embroidery

I began these three embroidered botanical illustrations in the spring by gathering dye materials from birch, apple, and black cherry trees. I dyed and tested modifiers on a lot of tiny hanks of silk, cotton, mohair, merino, and linen thread. You see, each embroidery is a guide to the dyes produced by that tree's leaves and bark, illustrating what to expect in the dye pot on each fiber. A key to the fibers and modifiers is hidden behind the frame, so the lightfastness of each color can be gauged over time.

These are also a record of my summer: foraging, dyeing, sewing, and getting to know these trees.

cherry botanical embroidery

birch embroidery detail

cherry dye key

This work will be on display at CBA through December 13. Email me if you'd like to own one.