the random years – wall art

This product is an example of something Rita has made in the past. She is a botanical dyer with years of experience who shares her knowledge through social media and workshops. Rita lives in Austalia and her products are sold using the Australian Dollar on her site. We did a conversion at the time of the import, but numbers may be off, depending on the exchange rate. She will help you with any questions you may have.


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A visual interpretation of the way we ‘wear’ our wounds – an inventory of random but significant memories in an attempt to make sense of them.

Shadows in the corners of his mind evade the groping fingers of memory leading inexorably to …. what?

Year follows year, on the surface cohesive, but for him entirely random.

Disconnected thoughts try to reconnect until he feels disconnected to everything.

Scarred, but not able to define the wounds. Yearning, but unable to find what he cannot explain. Loyal; faithful; unfulfilled.

In the end, his inner turmoil, too long suppressed, almost breaks him. But when the dam bursts, it is love that overwhelms him, and he is free.

The random years are finally at an end.

Inspired by the book Random Harvest by James Hilton; published 1941.

[Tea dyed and rusted vintage fabrics; found objects; tea bag papers and string; eco prints on paper; handwritten quotations; hand and machine stitched.]

Measurements available by request.


“I am a Canadian-born eco artist living and working in the island state of Tasmania. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Art Major, distinction) and a diploma of Art Craft Design; I taught within the state education system, did management and community work, and then found my true calling after having a work-related breakdown in 2002. I opened my gallery/studio exactly 1 year later to the day and discovered eco printing and dyeing in 2008. I have always loved textiles and stitching and part of my mission is to raise awareness of them as a valid art form. My underlying philosophy is to create products and source materials as ethically as I can. I find and reinvent vintage and preloved clothing, fabrics and other materials with natural dyes, paints made from the earth and deconstruction techniques, allowing them to inspire my work. Materials for natural printing and colour are mostly foraged from our own property, where I can manage the trees and plants respectfully. My business is based in northeastern Tasmania, Australia; this is where I display and sell my work.“

art is like breathing to me – life and thoughts impressed on paper, cloth, the air; fleeting sounds and images captured before they escape forever

(c) Rita Summers

Visit my website to see what is current in products and workshops. I do offer a few online workshops if you are not local to Tasmania.   Gone Rustic Studio

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