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My Liefie is Dutch for "My love" ...

Can you imagine a better way to describe being able to be so playful and create with materials that give so much joy....

I studied Fine Arts at University (1999) and majored in Textiles and Printmaking. My first love was printing which my mentor and dear friend Mani Redlich opened my eyes to, then my lovely teacher Julie Montgarrett and artist Ruth Hadlow taught us about Bush Dyeing on an awesome camping trip on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. From which I have never quite recovered....I love you all beautiful teachers...

All of my special stuff here is dyed with leaves and vegetable matter and heat. I use the natural chemical reactions of the fibres with the plants themselves and time to fix the dyes. The only metals involved are iron and copper pots and a few…

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  • Female
  • Born on 24 June
  • Joined 30 July, 2011

Favourite materials

Merino Wool, Silk, Cotton, Eucalyptus Leaves, Japanese Maple leaves, Onion Skins, Rusty things

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Botanically dyed natural fibres by Jemima...

About

My Liefie is Dutch for "My love" ...

Can you imagine a better way to describe being able to be so playful and create with materials that give so much joy....

I studied Fine Arts at University (1999) and majored in Textiles and Printmaking. My first love was printing which my mentor and dear friend Mani Redlich opened my eyes to, then my lovely teacher Julie Montgarrett and artist Ruth Hadlow taught us about Bush Dyeing on an awesome camping trip on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. From which I have never quite recovered....I love you all beautiful teachers...

All of my special stuff here is dyed with leaves and vegetable matter and heat. I use the natural chemical reactions of the fibres with the plants themselves and time to fix the dyes. The only metals involved are iron and copper pots and a few rusty gorgeous things i find in my travels.

I do not use any added nasty synthetic mordants.

For more info on how to use natural plant dyes without poisons i would highly recommend India Flint's book "Eco Colour". It is a fabulous read (you feel like an old friend in the first few pages!) and she is so generous with her knowledge. Ladies like her are changing the world one pot at a time...

It's happening all over, peeps are throwing themselves into bushes and woods and forests gathering leaves and plant matter and dyeing up a storm.

So if you are keen - just do it, it is so much fun. I never get tired of opening up each and every gift nature bestows upon me. If you like birthdays you'll love bush dyeing..



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